Employment & Civil Rights

Maine is an employment at will state which means employees can be fired for no reason or a stupid reason. However, they cannot be fired because of:

  • Race
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Disability
  • Handicap
  • Complaints about illegal or unsafe practices in the workplace

Not surprisingly, we are seldom contacted by the employee who was expressly told he or she was fired for an illegal reason. As experienced employment law attorneys, Gilbert & Greif can help build a strong circumstantial case.

We have established a reputation for strong advocacy in this field. Many cases have been settled, and a number of cases which have gone to trial have produced favorable verdicts. We have been involved in several significant cases involving wage and hour, family and medical leave, and severance pay issues.

Gilbert & Greif’s experience in the area of Employment and Civil Rights extends to representing employer clients both in the counseling and in the advocacy stages of representation.

On behalf of both employees and employers, we have successfully and confidentially negotiated the separation from employment of a number of professional, executive and managerial employees in the public and private sector. These private resolutions often avoid costs, uncertainty, protracted litigation and adverse publicity.


Maine Law Blog

June 23, 2017: 30th anniversary of 1st Circuit decision in U.S. v. Daniels

On June 23, 1987, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down a decision authored by now US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in United States v. Daniels. Charlie Gilbert represented Appellant Daniels. The appeals court held that the trial court had committed error by refusing to allow the Appellant to withdraw his guilty plea because the full terms of the plea agreement had not been fully disclosed to the court, as required by Rule 11 of the Criminal Rules. The omitted disclosure was the government’s position that all of the defendants had to plead guilty or none could, thus setting the stage for the other defendants to pressure this defendant to plead guilty. Therefore, the guilty plea may not have been voluntary as required by Rule 11, and the defendant should have been allowed to withdraw it.

2014 to mark Gilbert & Greif, P.A.'s 30th anniversary

In 1984, Peggy Gilbert hung out her shingle, and commenced the private practice of law in a small office on Harlow Street in Bangor.  While women were beginning to come to the bar in ever increasing numbers, not many undertook to start and run their own practice.

Spring is Annual Report Filing season here at Gilbert & Greif!

Every year at this time we remind our many corporate clients that the June 1st filing deadline is fast approaching and their Corporate Clerk, Charlie Gilbert, needs to know of any changes in the corporate structure