Legal Information: Massachusetts

Workplace Protections

Updated: 
November 30, 2021

I am afraid that my employer will tell other co-workers about my situation. Is this legal?

The law requires your employer to keep information about your leave and the related domestic abuse confidential.1 For example, your employer cannot tell your co-workers, your clients, or other employers that you took time off to deal with domestic violence.

Your employer can share information about your leave and the related domestic abuse if:

  • you ask your employer to do so in writing;
  • your employer asks you if it’s OK to do so and you give written consent to your employer to share that information;
  • a court orders your employer to release the information;
  • your employer must release the information because of federal or state law;
  • sharing information is required as part of an investigation approved by law enforcement; or
  • sharing the information is needed to protect your safety or your coworkers’ safety.1

1 M.G.L. 149 § 52E(f)

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