Attorneys Representing Employees in Maine
Since 1994, the employment lawyers of Maine Employee Rights Group have been protecting the rights of workers. With offices in Portland and Bangor, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to litigate your discrimination case, submit your workers’ compensation claim, or help you obtain damages after an unlawful termination. We represent employees throughout the state, and dedicate our practice to employment law.
Many Types of Workplace Discrimination Are Illegal
Maine employers are prohibited by federal and state laws from discriminating against employees or prospective employees on the basis of race or color, sex, physical and mental disability, age, religion, national origin and ancestry (ethnicity), or sexual orientation which includes gender identity and gender expression as well as a person’s sexuality.
The primary source of these protections is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law that applies to employers throughout the United States. A state law called the Maine Human Rights Act also prohibits many types of workplace discrimination. It is important to note that the Fair Employment provisions of the Maine Human Rights Act also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, a protection not currently found in the federal Civil Rights Act.
Other federal laws also outlaw other types of discrimination. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of a mental or physical disability; the Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to the Civil Rights Act that makes pregnancy discrimination illegal; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers over the age of 40 from employment discrimination. Under state law, workers of all ages are protected from discrimination, making it unlawful to discriminate against young employees as well as old.
Maine Employee Rights Group enforces the protections provided by all relevant federal and state laws on behalf of Maine employees. If you think you are the victim of illegal workplace discrimination, contact the experienced attorneys at our firm.
Harassment Has No Place at Work
Unlawful workplace harassment often accompanies workplace discrimination. Like discrimination, workplace harassment based on race, gender, religion and other characteristics is illegal. Any trait that provides the basis for illegal discrimination can also be the basis for illegal harassment.
Sexual harassment is the most prevalent type of workplace harassment, and it is banned by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Maine Human Rights Act. A type of gender discrimination, illegal sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, touching, or offers to exchange sexual behavior for employment benefits. Any actions that create a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work environment or that interfere with a person’s ability to do his or her job can constitute sexual harassment.
Many times an employer might fire or otherwise punish an employee for complaining about unlawful discrimination or harassment. These practices are also illegal and could give way to a claim for retaliation or unlawful termination.
Employees who believe that they have been illegally harassed or subject to retaliation should contact an experienced employment attorney right away, as there is a limited amount of time to file an employment discrimination or retaliation claim.
Employees Injured at Work May Be Entitled to Compensation
All employers in Maine must carry workers’ compensation insurance. The Maine workers’ compensation system is the exclusive remedy for injured employees, meaning that the employees cannot file a lawsuit against their employer for their workplace injuries in most cases; they must seek compensation through the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. If an employee is injured on the job, the employee must report the injury within 30 days. Once the employee misses more than a week of work, he or she may start to receive weekly compensation benefits.
If you have been hurt on the job, a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney can help you file your claim and ensure that you seek the maximum benefits allowed under Maine law.
Protect Your Rights at Work
Disputes with employers can be stressful, as most workers depend on their jobs to provide for themselves and their families. But employees do not forfeit their rights at the door of their workplace. Maine Employer Rights Group's attorneys have an excellent track record of jury verdicts and settlements. Attorney Thompson has been designated a New England "Super Lawyer" in the field of Plaintiff's Employment Discrimination Litigation for the last four years. This designation is reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in New England. Attorney Thompson has also been voted Portland's "Best Lawyer" seven years in a row in surveys conducted by Market Surveys of America.
We maintain an 'A+' rating for trustworthiness and integrity by Better Business Bureau, its highest rating.
We have offices in Portland and Bangor, and represent Maine employees statewide. If you have a problem with your employer, call (800) 596-0662 or fill out our online contact form to see if we can help you.
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- whistleblower claim
$147,000 post jury verdict settlement
- employment discrimination
- whistleblower retaliation
$250,000 post jury verdict settlement
- medical leave violation
- employment discrimination
$300,000 post jury verdict settlement
- disability discrimination
- gender discrimination
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- race discrimination
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