Safeguarding Civil Rights

Over the past four years, our team:

  • Led efforts to update the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act to close the ongoing gender pay gap in our state and provided guidance to employers about how they can ensure workplace equality.

  • Sued to defend DACA and protect a woman’s access to affordable birth control.

  • Resolved dozens of fair housing matters and recovered nearly $500,000 in restitution, penalties, and other relief for Massachusetts residents.

  • Created a Hate Crimes Hotline to give residents a place to report incidents of bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence.

In my heart, I start every day as a civil rights lawyer. I got my start in the Attorney General’s Office as chief of the Civil Rights Division. Our team developed the successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and won in the United States Supreme Court. That work and so many large and small cases like it set the tone for my career, one I proudly devote to fighting for the little guy.

Shortly after taking office, we made #EveryoneWelcome a reality in Massachusetts by ensuring equal protections for transgender individuals throughout Massachusetts – and for the rights of all patriotic transgender Americans to serve in our military. We fought for the disabled, for fair treatment, fair housing, fair wages and so much more.

And since taking office, I’ve made sure that women have a seat at the table and a voice in every debate, whether hiring women to senior leadership positions in my office, or ensuring equal pay for equal work and protecting access to affordable contraceptive coverage.

For all the progress we’ve made to create a more perfect union, there are still so many who feel marginalized and cast aside. A small but vocal few are trying to turn back when so many of us are fighting to move forward. Together we will continue to stand up for our shared values no matter what roadblocks are put in our way.

In my heart, I start every day as a civil rights lawyer. I got my start in the Attorney General’s Office as chief of the Civil Rights Division. Our team developed the successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and won in the United States Supreme Court. That work and so many large and small cases like it set the tone for my career, one I proudly devote to fighting for the little guy.

Shortly after taking office, we made #EveryoneWelcome a reality in Massachusetts by ensuring equal protections for transgender individuals throughout Massachusetts – and for the rights of all patriotic transgender Americans to serve in our military. We fought for the disabled, for fair treatment, fair housing, fair wages and so much more.

And since taking office, I’ve made sure that women have a seat at the table and a voice in every debate, whether hiring women to senior leadership positions in my office, or ensuring equal pay for equal work and protecting access to affordable contraceptive coverage.

For all the progress we’ve made to create a more perfect union, there are still so many who feel marginalized and cast aside. A small but vocal few are trying to turn back when so many of us are fighting to move forward. Together we will continue to stand up for our shared values no matter what roadblocks are put in our way.

Over the past four years, our team:

  • Led efforts to update the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act to close the ongoing gender pay gap in our state and provided guidance to employers about how they can ensure workplace equality.

  • Sued to defend DACA and protect a woman’s access to affordable birth control.

  • Resolved dozens of fair housing matters and recovered nearly $500,000 in restitution, penalties, and other relief for Massachusetts residents.

  • Created a Hate Crimes Hotline to give residents a place to report incidents of bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence.

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