Attorneys Shelby Leighton and Valerie Wicks represent female officer in suit against Maine Department of Corrections for harassment, discrimination and retaliation

A female corrections officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the state that says she and other women have experienced “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment and discrimination during their work in Maine prisons.

Autumn Dinsmore, 26, now works at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren. She first filed a complaint to the Maine Human Rights Commission, which found reasonable grounds to believe the state discriminated against her on the basis of sex by subjecting her to disparate treatment and a hostile work environment. She then sued the Maine Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court of Maine on Monday.

Attorney Shelby Leighton, who represents Dinsmore, said her client did not wish to be interviewed about the case because she is still a department employee.

“Autumn has worked bravely and tirelessly for years to change the culture at Maine State Prison, which is abusive and unwelcoming to women, and gay women in particular,” Leighton said in a news release. “We are hopeful that filing this lawsuit will lead to women employees of the prison finally being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

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