2nd person may join lawsuit against CDC alleging document shredding

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.

Another person plans to join the whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a former Maine CDC division director and will accuse additional people at the CDC of rights violations.

Lawyer Cynthia Dill said Friday that she will ask the court to add a second plaintiff to the federal lawsuit. She represents Sharon Leahy-Lind, the former director of the Division of Public Health who has claimed her bosses at the CDC ordered her to shred public documents and then harassed and retaliated against her when she refused.

Dill said a second person has come forward with claims similar to those listed in Leahy-Lind’s suit. However, Leahy-Lind’s current suit names only the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, and CDC director Sheila Pinette. She said the second plaintiff will seek to add additional defendants — all of them individuals who work for the CDC.

“There are common issues of fact, there are common witnesses and certainly common questions of law that will be answered for both of these individuals, and that’s why I’m choosing to join them,” Dill said.

She said she will file a motion to amend the suit next week.

 

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