MHRC Says Caribou Guilty of Discrimination 

The city of Caribou has been found guilty of discrimination by the Maine Human Rights CommissionOn Monday, the commission unanimously agreed that a former Director of Community Development for the town was unlawfully fired while she was on medical leave.In 2006, Mary Walton returned to work on a temporary part-time basis following brain surgery related to an on-going condition.When she attempted to do the same two years later, the City Manager imposed conditions on Walton’s return.When she and her doctor appealed to the manager, she was fired.The Maine Human Rights Commission ruled that the City Manager had motive to get rid of Walton, because of a report she made to the City Council regarding wage discrimination.If the case goes to trial, the city could be forced to re-hire Walton with back pay of more than $100,000, as well as paying damages and legal fees.