Maine Discrimination & Harassment Lawyers
As a premier employment and civil rights law firm serving clients statewide, Johnson & Webbert provides seasoned legal representation to those who have experienced unlawful discrimination and harassment. Our team fights for individuals who have faced discrimination or harassment in a range of settings, including workplaces, schools, housing, government bodies, retail stores, and other public accommodations.
We take great pride in our reputation as proven leaders in these practice areas. Our track record speaks for itself, which includes some of the most significant anti-discrimination and anti-harassment cases in Maine's history. We have successfully advocated for positive changes in state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment, empowering individuals to reach their full potential and realize their dreams without fear or bias.
If you have been victimized by discrimination or harassment, we urge you to contact us. We can provide needed advice and guidance on addressing and remedying the matter through appropriate legal action.
Request a consultation with a Maine discrimination and harassment attorney by calling a team member at (207) 618-6682 or through our online contact form. We serve clients throughout Maine from our offices in Portland, Topsham, and Thomaston.
Discrimination & Harassment Cases in Maine
Our team is adept at prosecuting discrimination and harassment claims at the Maine Human Rights Commission and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The Maine Human Rights Commission (MHRC) is our state agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, or national origin.
Its mission is to ensure that all individuals statewide are treated fairly and without discrimination in the following areas:
- Access to Public Accommodations
- Extension of Credit
- Other Jurisdictional Areas
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination in the United States.
The EEOC investigates discrimination complaints based on an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and retaliation for reporting, participating in, and opposing a discriminatory practice.
The agency also provides leadership and guidance to federal agencies on all aspects of the federal government's equal employment opportunity program.
In Maine, several state laws have been enacted that prohibit discrimination. The Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, and education. The Maine Civil Rights Act also protects against discrimination based on protected characteristics.
At the federal level, numerous laws prohibit discrimination. These include the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older; and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
Harassment is a form of discrimination that involves unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic under the law. Harassment can include offensive jokes or comments, slurs, physical assaults, threats, or intimidation.
In Maine, harassment is prohibited under the MHRA. At the federal level, harassment is covered under the laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), such as Title VII, the ADEA, and the ADA.
Why You Need a Discrimination & Harassment Attorney
Discrimination and harassment violate fundamental human rights, undermining the principles of freedom, justice, and dignity. We all bear the economic cost of discrimination through lost productivity, increased healthcare costs, and wasted human potential.
For individuals, discrimination and harassment can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. It can also lower self-esteem and self-confidence. Discrimination can also limit employment, housing, and education opportunities, leading to economic instability and poverty.
At Johnson & Webbert, we believe in justice, equality, and fairness. Our trial lawyers can play a crucial role in helping those who have suffered discrimination or harassment. We can guide you through the complex legal process, represent you in court, and advocate on your behalf. By gathering critical evidence, building a solid case, negotiating settlements, or litigating in courts, we can fight for your rights.
Request a consultation with a Maine discrimination and harassment attorney by contacting us today.