It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based upon his or her disability or handicap. Both Massachusetts and Federal Law prohibit this type of discrimination. Under Massachusetts Law, it shall be unlawful for an employer or its agent “to dismiss from employment or refuse to hire, rehire or advance in employment or otherwise discriminate against, because of his handicap, any person alleging to be a qualified handicapped person ….” G.L. c. 151B § 4(16).Typically, a claim will arise when a person was not hired or was terminated from his or her position because of a disability. Another claim for disability discrimination can arise when the employer has failed to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s handicap.


An individual with a disability or handicap should have the same rights and privileges granted every other individual, which includes the right to sustain gainful employment. There are a number of damages that an employee can seek from an employer for committing disability discrimination; however, due to the statute of limitations, time is of the essence.

If you have been subjected to Disability Discrimination, make sure you get the representation you deserve by contacting The Law Office of Barry J. Bisson today.