The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Maine Human Rights Act make it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities in employment. Disability Rights Maine is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and fair employment practices for employees and job seekers with disabilities.  DRM attorneys represent qualified individuals with disabilities who have been discriminated in employment, including

  • Denial of reasonable accommodations in the workplace;
  • Discriminatory hiring practices or other terms or conditions of employment;
  • Unlawful termination due to disability;
  • Hostile work environment; or
  • Retaliation

In addition to legal representation, Disability Rights Maine provides advocacy, training, and public policy reform in employment.  DRM employment advocates  provide work incentive assistance to SSDI and SSI beneficiaries who need vocational rehabilitation, employment services, and other supports to secure or regain employment.  DRM is also an active participant in the Employment First Maine Coalition, and is a leading advocate in the effort to phase out the payment of sub-minimum wages to workers with disabilities. In addition to our advocacy and public policy work, our attorneys offer ADA trainings to people with disabilities, state and local government officials, employers, and public accommodations regarding the requirements of state and federal disability laws.

Work Early, Work Often

The National Youth Transitions Center developed a series of videos (with captions), Work Early, Work Often, which "highlight the importance of work and work-based experiences in an individual’s transition to adulthood, particularly for young adults with disabilities." Watch the 3-part series below.


Disability Rights Laws and COVID-19 in the Workplace

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) are civil rights laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. This Q&A generally addresses issues that commonly arise during the coronavirus pandemic.

Employment Rights for People with Disabilities

A Basic Guide to Laws Protecting People with Disabilities from Discrimination in the Workplace

This manual is intended to provide a simple yet informative overview of the legal rights of individuals with disabilities in employment. The manual focuses on the two primary laws that provide civil rights protections for people with disabilities in Maine: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA). Many of the protections afforded by each of these laws are overlapping, but this manual highlights important differences.

This manual is not a substitute for legal advice. For specific questions or assistance with particular issues, please contact Disability Rights Maine.

DOJ Statement on Application of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the ADA & Olmstead to State & Local Governments’ Employment Service Systems for Individuals w/ Disabilities

"The statement, which was issued last year, described the obligations of states to administer their employment services for people with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate."

(Rescinded by DOJ on December 21, 2017)

Center for Public Representation, December 2017

Benefits Counseling Services Fact Sheets

Maine Medical Center's Benefits Counseling Services Program has developed a series of fact sheets for individuals who receive Social Security Disability and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits. A list of these resources is below. To view/download this information, please visit Maine Medical Center's Benefits Counseling Services page.

Work Incentives for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Fact Sheets

  • Trial Work Period (TWP)
  • Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE)
  • TWP & Self-Employment
  • EPE & Self-Employment
  • Self-Employment Work Incentives to Lower NESE
  • Impairment Related Work Incentives (IRWE)
  • Subsidy & Special Conditions
  • Extended Medicare Coverage
  • SSDI & MaineCare Coverage
  • Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits
  • Ticket to Work & Self Sufficiency
  • Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)

Work Incentives for Supplemental Security (SSI) Recipients Fact Sheets

  • SSI & MaineCare Coverage
  • Self-Employment & SSI
  • Impairment Related Work Incentives (IRWE)
  • Blind Work Expenses (BWE)
  • Student Earned Income Exclusion
  • Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS)
  • Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits
  • Ticket to Work & Self Sufficiency
  • Long Term Care MaineCare Waiver

If you have questions about these fact sheets, or have difficulty downloading the files, please contact Maine Medical Center's Department of Vocational Services by calling 207.662.2088 or 888.208.8700 (toll-free).

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining & Promoting People with Disabilities: A Guide for Employers

This resource guide is a product of the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative, a federal cross-agency effort working to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for individuals with disabilities. The Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative includes
participation by agencies across the federal government, including the Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Veterans Affairs, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Council
on Disability, Office of Personnel Management, and the Social Security Administration. (Version 2, published February 3, 2015)

A Basic Guide to Self-Advocacy

This manual is intended to provide a simple yet informative overview of how to be a self-advocate. This manual is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have specific questions or need assistance with a particular issue, please contact Disability Rights Maine.

 Trainings & Upcoming Events


 Systemic Work

Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic

DRM Attorney Kristin Aiello is one of the Maine employment lawyers volunteering time at the Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic. The clinic is held each week at the Southern Maine Workers Center, 56 North Street, Suite 100, Portland, from 5-7 pm. The Clinic offers legal assistance for workers, is walk-in and free and is sponsored by the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Southern Maine Workers’ Center. If you are having problems at work or have questions regarding your rights, clinic attorneys will provide helpful guidance and resources.

​ADA Rights Trainings

DRM Managing Attorney Kristin Aiello and State ADA Accessibility Coordinator Eric Dibner recently teamed up to present a series of ADA rights trainings at the Maine Career Centers serving Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, & Somerset Counties. The Maine CareerCenters are a statewide network that provide a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses.  Attorney Aiello and Mr. Dibner provided training on topics including the definition of “disability” under the ADA and the Maine Human Rights Act, accessibility, what employers can and cannot ask, modifications, reasonable accommodation, harassment, retaliation and  effective communication. Trainings were provided on February 3 at the Wilton Career Center; on February 9 at the Lewiston CareerCenter; on February 23 at the Skowhegan CareerCenter and on March 3,  at the Augusta CareerCenter.