Maine Sexual Harassment laws & HR compliance analysis

Maine Sexual Harassment: What you need to know

The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions) and sexual orientation (including gender identity and gender expression) (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 5 Sec. 4551 et seq.). Harassment based on a protected characteristic constitutes unlawful discrimination under the Act. The Act covers all public and private employers, regardless of size.
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The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
• Submission to the conduct is made a term or condition of an individual's employment,
• Submission to the conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the individual, or
• The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating a hostile or offensive working environment.
The Act prohibits employers from retaliating against an individual because he or she has opposed any unlawful discriminatory practice, made a charge, testified, or assisted in any manner in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 5 Sec. 4572).
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the activities of an employee who helped a coworker bring a harassment complaint to the employer's Human Resources department constituted protected activity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) (Collazo v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Mfg., 617 F.3d 39 (1st Cir. 2010)). The employee in this case was fired after he repeatedly helped a coworker in filing and pursuing her sexual harassment complaint with their employer's Human Resources ...

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