Massachusetts Civil Rights Laws

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Explanation of Terms in Civil Rights Laws Chart

Code Section Ch. 151B §1, et seq. (Generally); Ch. 272 §§92A, 98 (Public Accommodations)
Agency Generally: Commission Against Discrimination; Public Accommodations: None
Administrative Preemption Generally: Yes; Public Accommodations: No
Private Action Permitted? Generally: No; Public Accomodations: Yes
Attorney Fees Recoverable by Plaintiff? Generally: Yes; Public Accomodations: No
Statute of Limitations Generally: 300 days; Civil Rights Actions: 3 yrs.-civil action (Ch. 260 §5B)

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