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

Advocacy Beyond the Courtroom

A prominent Maine business publication recently released its annual “lists” issue. It gave lists of the largest employers, largest financial institutions, largest woman owned businesses, etc. It also listed the largest Maine law firms. Not surprisingly, we were not listed. One list did catch our attention. It listed the forty largest Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for the year. Of the forty largest loans, Gilbert & Greif, P.A. had been counsel to the borrower in two of those transactions. So, even though we are way too small to be on the “largest law firm” list, we represented 5% of the largest SBA borrowers in the state. Our practice encompasses many substantive areas of the law, but we are always happy and proud to work with small Maine businesses to assist them in acquiring the financial backing they need to sustain themselves and grow in our great state of Maine.

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