Maine Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Maine Diversity: What you need to know

The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy and related medical conditions), sexual orientation (actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression), disability, religion, age (including a prohibition against mandatory retirement), ancestry, or national origin (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 5 Sec. 4551 et seq.). Discrimination based on sex includes sexual harassment. The law covers all employers in the state, employment agencies, and labor unions.
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The Maine Career Center system welcomes Maine businesses seeking to recruit workers for a diverse workforce. For more information, go to
The state’s Department of Labor offers several forms and publications useful to employers, including "Guide to Employment of Minors" and "Maine Employee Rights Guide," and an "Ask the Expert Feature" at
Last reviewed January 2018.

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