May 26, 2018
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Maine CDC director to return to work after discrimination complaint

Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
Daryn Slover | Sun Journal
Sharon Leahy-Lind
By Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal

Sharon Leahy-Lind, the Maine Center for Disease Control director who filed a complaint of discrimination with the Maine Human Rights Commission, will return to work Monday.

The CDC placed her on administrative leave a few weeks ago while it investigated allegations that she shared inappropriate and-or untruthful information, including confidential information from senior management discussions.

Leahy-Lind’s lawyer, Cynthia Dill, said her client received a letter from the CDC notifying her that the investigation was closed “without any findings.” Dill did not know whether that meant investigators failed to find evidence supporting the allegations or failed to find enough evidence to make a ruling.

“It’s been our contention all along that there never were any grounds for an investigation, that the so-called investigation was simply another act of retaliation,” Dill said.

A spokesman for the CDC declined to comment because the case involved personnel matters.

The CDC’s letter to Leahy-Lind says the concerns that launched the investigation “will be addressed in a non-disciplinary manner through counseling and performance management.”

Leahy-Lind, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Local Public Health, sent a complaint to the Maine Human Rights Commission about two weeks ago. In it she alleged, among other things, that her bosses at the CDC ordered her to shred public funding documents and then threatened, harassed, assaulted and retaliated against her when she refused. She said she took medical leave from her position because the work environment was so stressful that she had a hard time breathing.

Leahy-Lind said she was set to return from medical leave at the end of March but was placed on administrative leave before she could return.

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