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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 191: Conduct constituting unlawful discriminatory practice against domestic workers; enforcement

Section 191. (a) It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to: (i) engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature to a domestic worker if submission to the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the domestic worker's employment, if submission to or rejection of the conduct by a domestic worker is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the domestic worker or if the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a domestic worker's work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment; (ii) subject a domestic worker to unwelcome harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, age, religion, national origin or disability if the harassment has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a domestic worker's work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment; or (iii) refuse job-protected leave for the birth or adoption of a child by the domestic worker or a spouse under section 105D.

(b) For the purposes of clause (i) of subsection (a), ''domestic worker'' shall include personal care attendants as defined in section 190.

(c) This section shall be enforced by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination pursuant to chapter 151B.