Employment Discrimination

The Human Rights Ordinance prohibits employment discrimination in Cambridge.. In general, complaints of discrimination are brought for two reasons: 1. "Disparate treatment" - an employer treats an individual, who is a member of a protected class (i.e. race/color, national origin, age, etc.), differently than someone who is not in their protected class." 2. "Disparate impact" - a policy which on its face appears neutral, but actually negatively affects one protected class more than another group of individuals.

Complaints may be brought if individuals believe they were discriminated against in:

  • Failure to hire

  • Terms and conditions of employment, including: Sexual Harassment- Quid Pro Quo: Conditioning employment or promotion on sexual favors, or Hostile Work Environment: Continuous sexual advances and comments that create an uncomfortable and hostile workplace

  • Termination

  • Failure to promote

  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodation to a disabled person despite the fact that it would not cause undue hardship to an employer.

  • Retaliation by an employer for actions protected by the anti-discrimination law

A person who believes he or she has been discriminated against with regard to employment in Cambridge should contact our office to schedule an interview and file a complaint.

Department Information

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Nancy Schlacter, Executive Director
nschlacter@cambridgema.gov