Bangor, Maine Employment Lawyers
The Gateway to Downeast, Bangor is Maine's third largest city and Penobscot County seat. The Bangor metropolitan area includes the neighboring city of Brewer and nearby towns of Orono, Hampden, Hermon, Old Town, Glenburn, and Veazie. Once home to over 300 sawmills and known as the "Lumber Capital of the World," Bangor now employs approximately 75,000 people, primarily in services, retail, government, healthcare, and skilled manufacturing. The Bangor Waterfront attracts major arts and cultural events as well as summer cruise ships. Famous Bangor residents include Abraham Lincoln's first vice-president, Hannibal Hamlin, and horror novelist Stephen King, who often references local haunts in his stories.
Maine Employee Rights Group has offices in Bangor and represents Bangor employees in all types of employment discrimination litigation. Examples of cases we have recently handled for Bangor employees include:
False Claims Act/Whistleblower Retaliation
Our firm represented a service technician at a medical supply company who was terminated after reporting his supervisor's forgery of invoices the company submitted to Medicare for payment. The company refused to take corrective action and terminated our client for blowing the whistle. We filed suit in federal court, alleging violations of the False Claims Act, which protects employees who report fraud against the government, and Maine's Whistleblower Protection Act. We defeated the employer's attempt to get the case dismissed on summary judgment and the case resulted in a monetary settlement to our client.
Age Discrimination/Failure to Hire
We represented a 58 year-old manufacturing technician who was passed over for hire in favor of a much younger, less qualified applicant. Our client had worked for the defendant employer previously for seven years with a good performance record. The defendant employer lied to our client about whether there were positions available and criticized his past performance despite good reviews. We filed suit in federal court, alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Maine Human Rights Act, both of which prohibit employers from considering an applicant's age when making hiring decisions. We hired a statistical expert to testify about age discrimination in hiring and defeated the employer's attempt to get the case dismissed on summary judgment. The case resulted in a monetary settlement to our client.
Failure to Accommodate Disability
We represented a senior clinician at a mental health facility who had Multiple Sclerosis and was terminated after requesting a transfer to an open position with more regular hours. Our client had worked for the employer for several years, and had good performance reviews and no disciplinary record, yet employer used her request for a transfer to argue that she was unable to perform the essential functions of her job. We filed suit in federal court, alleging that the employer had failed to provide her with a reasonable accommodation for her disability and terminated her on the basis of her disability. The case resulted in a monetary settlement to our client settled following the human resource manager's deposition.
If you have been terminated because of your age, disability or whistleblower activity, call Maine Employee Rights Group today for a free consultation, 207.874.0905.