Monthly Archives: November 2016

Have You Updated Your Bathroom Policies to Allow Access Based on Gender Identity?

Effective October 1, 2016, Massachusetts will prohibit discrimination in public accommodation based on an individual’s gender identity.   This law will affect not only places of accommodation open to the public, but also will require access to bathrooms in the workplace based on gender identity.  The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has made clear that an employer’s failure to increase employee awareness and allow access to restrooms based on one’s gender identity could subject employers to charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.