Covid 19 Update at Gilbert Law Offices

No one can claim the Covid 19 pandemic is behind us but after a few months of lockdown and quarantine there are more data points from which people can draw conclusions about how to move forward. During these months we have remained in touch with our clients, old and new, and honed our skills for getting work out from home, conducting meetings, mediations, depositions and even court appearances via Zoom and other platforms. Courts are slowly beginning to ramp up. We have even been to nursing homes. Although our front door is still locked, with a new doorbell installed, we are seeing clients in the office when indicated and by appointment. Masks and social distancing are observed and hand sanitizer is close by.

Our prime concern is still the health and safety of clients, staff, and others with whom we deal. Yet legal problems are important and need to be addressed. We want to continue to help our clients deal with those problems. To be sure, there are fewer face-to-face meetings than there were before the pandemic but we have filled the gap with old and new technologies, supported by our dedicated and hardworking staff. Although we have occasionally had to turn on the answering machine our goal is to have a live person answer your call, ready to listen to what you need.

On the medical side there have been alarming reports that, because of Covid 19, people have neglected to deal with other emergent health issues, sometimes with very bad consequences. Failing to timely deal with legal issues can also result in bad consequences. If you have a legal problem which you think is important, please don’t wait. Pandemic or not, we are here and while we will continue to observe the precautions to protect the safety of all, we stand ready to help.

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 Law Offices 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 Law Offices' 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

Spring is Annual Report Filing season here at Gilbert Law Offices!

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