Number of sex discrimination cases in Maine reaches new high

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The number of people filing sex discrimination cases in Maine has reached a new high, according to the state’s human rights commission.

Complaints of sex discrimination increased by 35% from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2019, according to data from the the Maine Human Rights Commission. There were 174 complaints filed in fiscal year 2019, which ran from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

The commission’s executive director, Amy Sneirson, told the Bangor Daily News the spike in complaints doesn’t necessarily mean that there are higher rates of sex discrimination.

“I do think more people are reporting discrimination based on sex perhaps because they are starting to see something actually happen when it is reported,” Sneirson said.

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