State of the States: Massachusetts Voters Uphold Law Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Gender Identity in Places of Public Accommodation

December 07, 2018

Amid a slew of state referendums nationwide, Massachusetts voters affirmed a 2016 state law that ensures individuals can use public restrooms according to their gender identity.

Broad employer impact: The 2016 law covers all sorts of public places—from hotels, restaurants, and retail stores to hospitals—any business establishment with a public restroom or locker room.

Outlook:  The law was upheld overwhelmingly by Massachusetts voters, cementing such measures' staying power.

Read the Workplace Policy Institute's State of the States report.