Equal Employment Rights

  1. The RIGHT to freedom from discrimination in employment.
  2. The opportunity for an individual to secure employment without discrimination… is declared to be a CIVIL RIGHT.

The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic pre-disposition, religion, ancestry or national origin.

The Maine Human Rights Act also prohibits discrimination because of filing a claim or asserting a right under the Worker’s Comp Act or retaliation under the Whistleblower’s Act.

Unlawful Employment Discrimination

  1. For any employer to fail or refuse to hire an applicant
  2. For any employer to discharge an employee
  3. For any employer to discriminate against an employee with respect to recruitment, tenure, promotion, transfer, or compensation
  4. For any employment agency to fail or refuse to classify properly or refer for employment an applicant
  5. For any labor organization to exclude from apprenticeship or membership an applicant
  6. For any employer, employment agency, or labor organization prior to employment or admission to membership of an individual to ask questions, keep as record, use application form, issue any notice, employ a quota system
  7. For any employer, employment agency, or labor organization to retaliate against a person who has opposed a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic pre-disposition, religion, ancestry or national origin or because of asserting a claim under the Worker’s Comp Act or Whistleblower’s Act.

If you feel you have been discriminated against, contact the Commission office.
51 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0051
Phone (207) 624-6290 Fax (207) 624-8729 TTY Maine Relay 711

(Rev. 10 2012)