Lie Detector Tests in Massachusetts

It is unlawful for any employer in Massachusetts, with respect to any of its employees or prospective employees including any person applying for employment as a police officer to subject such person to, or request such person to take, a lie detector test, or to discharge, not hire, demote or otherwise discriminate against such person for the assertion of rights arising under this law. This prohibition shall not apply to lie detector tests administered by law enforcement agencies as otherwise permitted in criminal investigations.

All applications for employment within the commonwealth are to contain the following notice that must be in clearly legible print:

It is unlawful in Massachusetts to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates this law shall be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability.