According to Maine law, sexual harassment is defined as the unwanted conduct which is of a sexual nature, and includes both verbal advances and physical acts Employers are most commonly involved in the following types of sexual harassment acts: demanding sexual favors in exchange for promotions, creating a sexually offensive work environment, and making sexual advances.
How does Maine Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Madawaska employers may be required to establish company policies concerning sexual conduct and post them for employees to see. The policies should at least include: contact information for the reporting of sexual harassment incidents, an outline of procedures to be followed in filing a claim, and the remedies available when a claim successfully proven.
Additionally, federal and Maine laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Madawaska to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. Furthermore, these laws prohibit employers from firing an employee for alleging sexual harassment or taking any action in retaliation to a claim.
How can a Maine attorney help?
It can be difficult to both investigate and show a sexual harassment claim without having any expertise in the applicable areas of law. The federal agencies that handle initial claims of sexual harassment are often understaffed and overworked. Therefore, hiring a Madawaska lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Maine.