- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Three former employees of a South Portland hotel have filed lawsuits alleging they were fired after reporting sexual harassment by a co-worker.

The women allege in separate lawsuits that they faced discrimination and were subsequently fired from the Comfort Inn in 2011 after reporting that one of them was repeatedly sexually harassed by a male maintenance worker.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1nGPNG9 ) reports the suits were filed in state court by Abinair Martin of Gray, Grace Parker of Westbrook and Brenda Pippin of South Portland. The cases were moved to federal court at the request of Boulevard Motel Corp., the Comfort Inn’s parent company.

An attorney for the hotel said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

The plaintiffs are seeking back wages, reinstatement to their jobs and unspecified damages.