Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Transgender protections added to MGL 151B

Governor Deval Patrick signed into law Bill H 3625 that would add gender identity as a group protected from discrimination in the Boston housing market.  Currently MGL c. 151B prohibits discrimination in several areas including race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, handicap, source of income and military status. 

In the city of Boston, discriminatory housing practices are prohibited. Regulations promulgated pursuant to this statute and chapter ten of the city of Boston Ordinances of 1982, as amended, enumerate the discriminatory practices; provided, however, that no practice shall be prohibited hereunder unless such practice is also prohibited by the Federal Fair Housing Act or chapter one hundred and fifty-one B of the General Laws.

More information on discrimination can be found on our page Massachusetts Law About Discrimination