maine harassment training requirements

Ethena Maine Sexual Harassment Training Course Primer

Maine may be vacationland, but it isn’t taking any time off from supporting those who work in the state. Here are the latest Maine sexual harassment training resources and updates for employees in the state who may experience or witness sexual harassment at work.

What’s Maine Sexual Harassment law?

The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits sexual harassment.

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What Is Sexual Harassment in Maine?

Under the Maine Human Rights Act (26 M.R.S.A. Section 807), unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which threatens job security, working conditions, or advancement opportunities is considered sexual harassment.

Under Maine’s Human Rights law, sexual harassment takes one of two forms: quid pro quo or hostile work environment.

What is Hostile Work Environment or Quid Pro Quo harassment? Read more on our Sexual Harassment 101 Page.

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In Maine, employers are liable and responsible for…

Preventing, Investigation, and Correcting incidents of sexual harassment in their workplaces.

How to Report Sexual Harassment in Maine

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Reports of discrimination may be filed in person or by mail by filling out a form provided by the Commission, which you can receive by calling, writing, or visiting the Commission’s office. You can complete an Electronic Intake Questionnaire Form online and submit it through the online portal. 

Alternatively, you can fill out a physical report. It must be sworn to under oath before a Notary Public or other person authorized by law to administer oaths and then filed at the office of the Maine Human Rights Commission (51 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0051). Alternative formats to report are also available. Once you’ve filled out the form, an Intake Officer will assist you with drafting a report, which will briefly set forth the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged discrimination.

How to report at your company:

If you have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment in your workplace, you can report internally, at your company, to an immediate supervisor or any supervisor/manager in the chain of command, the office equal employment opportunity coordinator, human resources, or the state equal employment opportunity coordinator.

How to report outside of your company:

Any person who believes that they’ve been subjected to unlawful discrimination covered under the Maine Human Rights Act may file a report with the Commission. Reports should be filed as soon as possible, but reports must be filed within 300 days of the date of discrimination.

For more information, contact:

Maine Human Rights Commission: 207-624-6290, or Maine Relay 711 (TTY)

State EEO Coordinator: 207-287-4651, or Maine Relay 711 (TTY)

Office EEO Coordinator: 207-626-8838, or Maine Relay 711 (TTY)

Reporting & Retaliation in Maine

It is unlawful under the Maine Human Rights Act for an employer to retaliate against you because you filed a complaint of discrimination or because you aided in an investigation.

Why We Need Harassment Training

Being a victim of sexual harassment impacts a person at work, including lower job satisfaction and a higher intention to leave the workplace—and it can extend to physical and emotional health implications.

Harassment is pervasive. A 2018 Pew survey found 27% of men and 59% of women reported experiencing sexual harassment. Of those that reported experiencing sexual harassment, 69% of women and 61% of men experienced it at work or both at work and outside of work.

These numbers have a concerning implication. They mean you may have experienced harassment at work. And if you haven’t, it’s likely you have friends and colleagues who have. 

Undeniably, being treated disrespectfully at work is bad for you and for your workplace.

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