Massachusetts Enacts New Transgender Rights Law

     On July 8, 2016, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed a bill that provides new protections for transgender people. The new law bars discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations, defined as any place open to the public including public rest rooms and locker rooms. The Attorney General’s office has been tasked with issuing regulations or guidance for legal action against any person who asserts gender identity for an “improper purpose,” and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination will also develop guidelines to aid compliance with the law.  The law goes into effect on October 1, 2016.