EEO - Discrimination: Maine
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Ronald W. Schneider, Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson
- The Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, age, religion, ancestry, national origin, or because of the previous assertion of a claim or right under Maine's Workers' Compensation Law. See Maine Human Rights Act.
- The MHRA provides for a wide-range of remedies. Punitive damages may be awarded against certain employers, but only if the employee demonstrates that the employer acted with malice or with reckless indifference to the rights of the plaintiff. See Remedies.
- The Maine Human Rights Commission enforces the MHRA. See Enforcement and Judicial Proceedings.
- Maine prohibits unequal pay based on sex. See Equal Pay.