You Have Rights As An Employee. Assert Them.
Whether you realize it or not, you are protected under state and federal laws in Maine from discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination based on race, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin or ancestry can take the form of mistreatment in the workplace through unscrupulous hiring, promotion and termination practices, as well as setting conditions of employment based on protected classes. Sexual harassment and creating a hostile working environment through discrimination is also prohibited by law.
Employees who feel they have suffered discrimination in the workplace can take legal action and may be able to recover compensation with help from a lawyer.
You Deserve A Safe Work Environment
Maine law also prohibits discrimination against employees who report illegal or unsafe acts to an employer or the government who then faces “whistleblower retaliation.” Anyone who files or assists in an investigation or proceeding under the discrimination laws or the workers’ compensation laws are also protected from retaliation. Lanham Blackwell & Baber protects the rights of employees who believe they have experienced discrimination in the workplace. They protect workers’ rights through legal actions filed at the Maine Human Rights Commission, the federal Equal Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts in Maine.
Knowing When To Act Is Crucial
There are important time limits on when charges of discrimination must be brought. Most claims of discrimination must be brought within 300 days of the discrimination. Much shorter deadlines may apply to employees of the federal government.
If you believe you are the victim of employment discrimination, call us now at 207-942-2898 or fill out our contact form today.