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Discrimination in Maine

You apply for a job but the interviewer says the company wants to hire someone younger. You've gotten great job reviews, but were inexplicably fired after telling your boss that you were pregnant. Male employees seem to get the preferential job shifts. Only workers of a certain ethnicity seem to get promoted. All of these may be signs of discrimination in the workplace, which is illegal under federal and Maine laws. Talk to an employment discrimination attorney today if you believe you've been the victim of job discrimination.

What Is Employment Discrimination?

It is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees and job candidates based on certain personal characteristics. These include:

  • Age (for workers aged 40 and older)
  • Gender
  • Race and skin color
  • National origin
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy status

Employment discrimination occurs when a company treats workers differently based on these personal characteristics, rather than the employees' abilities.

Discrimination can occur in ways that are obvious or more subtle. It can happen in the hiring process, in scheduling work shifts and overtime, when training and promoting workers, and when deciding to terminate an employee.

If you think you've been the victim of job discrimination, you and your employment discrimination lawyer can file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Maine Human Rights Commission. Depending on the outcome of their investigation, you may be eligible for job reinstatement, promotion or compensation. You may also be eligible to file a lawsuit against the company in Maine civil court.

Find & Hire Local Maine Discrimination Attorneys offers a free lawyer referral service that can help you locate employment discrimination lawyers in Bangor, Portland and elsewhere in Maine. Call us today at 877-913-7222 or complete the form on this page to get connected with attorneys in your area.