Mission Statement

The Maine Human Rights Commission enforces the Maine Human Rights Act ("MHRA"), which provides that every person in the State of Maine has a right to to be free of unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations and credit.  The MHRA also provides that it is unlawful to interfere with, or retaliate against, a person's assertion of rights protected under the MHRA.

  • In employment, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, age,  ancestry or national origin, previous assertion (against a prior employer) of a workers' compensation claim or right.  It is also unlawful to retaliate against an employee for asserting rights protected by the MHRA or the Maine Whistleblowers' Protection Act.
  • In housing, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, familial status, and/or ancestry or national origin, or for asserting rights protected by the MHRA.
  • In access to places of public accommodation/public entities, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, and/or ancestry or national origin,  for asserting rights protected by the MHRA. 
  • In education, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, or for asserting rights protected by the MHRA.
  • In extension of credit, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, and/or ancestry or national origin, or for asserting rights protected by the MHRA.

To accomplish our mission, the Maine Human Rights Act authorizes the Commission:

  • To investigate all forms of invidious discrimination, whether carried out legally or illegally, and whether by public agencies or private persons, by conducting a preliminary investigation; 
  • To provide an opportunity for the parties to a complaint to try to reach a just resolution of their dispute; 
  • To recommend measures calculated to promote full enjoyment of human rights and personal dignity; and
  • If the Commission finds reasonable grounds to believe unlawful discrimination in violation of the Maine Human Rights Act occurred, to pursue legal remedies so as to correct the violation and prevent discrimination.