Massachusetts Discrimination Bill

Attention Residents of MASSACHUSETTS:

The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), in collaboration with the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) and the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), request your assistance to pass H.952, an act making discrimination on the basis of height and weight unlawful.

Representative Byron Rushing (D-Boston) has introduced a bill (H.952) in the Massachusetts Legislature that would make discrimination against individuals based on height and weight illegal. A tentative hearing date for the bill is scheduled for October 17, 2017 in front of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Please CALL or EMAIL your state representative and senator as soon as possible with the following information. If you are not sure, you can identify your state representative and senator, and contact information for each, here.

When you contact your representative and senator, you should:

  1. Leave your name and address.
  2. Express your support for 952 (An Act making discrimination on the basis of height and weight unlawful) and tell the person with whom you’re speaking why it’s important:
    1. It would protect Massachusetts residents from height and weight discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
    2. Discrimination based on height and weight is common.
    3. Discrimination based on weight is a significant risk factor for eating disorders.
  3. Ask if your representative/senator can support the bill. (If they need additional information before they can support the bill, let them know you will have someone contact them to provide any needed information, then promptly notify Joslyn Smith at the email address below.)
  4. If yes, please request that your representative/senator:
    1. Contact the chairs of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and express their support; and
    2. Consider appearing at the Judiciary Committee hearing on October 17th to provide oral testimony in support of H.952.

Additional information about H.952 can be found here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joslyn Smith, BEDA’s Director of Policy & Government Affairs at joslyn@bedaonline.com or (607) 280-6488.