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Disabilities (ADA): Massachusetts

Disabilities (ADA) requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Michelle Barrett Falconer, Littler


  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, Massachusetts employers must comply with the state and local antidiscrimination laws, most prominently the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B. See Disability Discrimination in Massachusetts.
  • Chapter 151B requires a covered employer to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions. See Pregnancy Accommodations.
  • Chapter 151B prohibits a covered employer from discriminating against applicants and employees based on genetic information. See Genetic Testing.
  • Massachusetts permits the use of marijuana for medical purposes. See Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana Act.
  • Boston has requirements pertaining to disability discrimination. See Local Requirements.