Satisfies Title 26: LABOR AND INDUSTRY, Chapter 7: EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES, Subchapter 4-B: SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICIES of Maine Revised Statutes §807
In 1991, Maine became the first state in the U.S. to require sexual harassment training.
Maine sexual harassment training requirements are some of the most rigorous in the U.S., requiring all employers with 15 or more employees to provide training to supervisors and employees.
When planning Maine harassment training for employees and supervisors, adherence to the requirements laid out in the Maine statute is the only way to guarantee compliance.
Under existing Maine employment law, harassment based on sex is a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act. Requests for sexual favors, unwelcome implicit or explicit verbal or physical advances or retribution on the basis of someone rejecting such advances is considered sexual harassment.
There are several Maine employment law obligations that employers should be aware of, including the responsibility of employees to report harassment as well as illegality of sexual harassment. Employers in Maine are expected to exercise reasonable care to prevent and quickly correct unwanted sexual harassment.
One important aspect of harassment laws in Maine is that an employer may be deemed responsible for the actions of employees as well as supervisors if the employer, its agents or supervisory employees knew about or should have known about the unwanted behavior.
For more details visit the Maine Human Rights Commission website.
Sexual Harassment Training for the State of Maine
Help your business avoid dealing with costly legal issues and fines by maintaining compliance with Maine’s sexual harassment training statue. Maine’s Human Rights Commission can invoke penalties against employers who fail to meet Maine’s sexual harassment training requirements.
Compliance Training Group offers several training solutions that meet Maine’s requirements for harassment training. Our courses enhance the way employees’ process information. Compliance Training Group’s course materials include quizzes, case law examples, interactive scenarios, and much more.
Learn More about the Maine Human Rights Act
ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 5 Sec. 4551 et seq., better known as the Maine Human Rights Act covers all public and private employers in the State of Maine, regardless of size.
The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sex. This includes pregnancy discrimination, childbirth-related discrimination, and medical conditions related to an employee’s sex.
In addition, The Maine Human Rights Act protects employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation, including gender identity and gender expression.
Sexual Orientation: A person’s sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted (i.e. Heterosexual or homosexual)
Gender Identity: Gender identity is one’s personal experience of one’s own gender. These people think they are whatever gender they feel like “inside.” They do not necessarily have to outwardly express their true gender, but may decide to change their normal gender anatomy with transsexual surgery.
Gender Expression: Gender expression is how one chooses to outwardly express their gender. This includes their clothing and hairstyle.