Maine Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Maine Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of religion (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 5 Sec. 4551 et seq.). The Act applies to all employers, regardless of size. Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Fail or refuse to hire, or to discharge, or otherwise discriminate with respect to hire, tenure, promotion, transfer, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or any other matter directly or indirectly related to employment because of religion
• Use any employment agency that the employer knows, or has reasonable cause to know, discriminates against individuals because of their religion
• Use any form of application for employment, or personnel or membership blank containing questions or entries directly or indirectly pertaining to religion, or to otherwise elicit or attempt to elicit information about an applicant or employee pertaining to religion, or to make or keep a record of such information
• Print, publish, or cause to be printed or published, any notice or advertisement relating to employment or membership indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on religion, including any interoffice or interagency communication, job order, advertisement, brochure, or notice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification or made in accordance with a corrective employment program such as an affirmative action plan
• Establish, announce, or follow a policy of denying or limiting, through a quota system or otherwise, employment or membership opportunities of any group because of that group's religion
• Classify any job according to religion or to maintain separate lines of progression or separate seniority ...

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