PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former division director at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has sued the agency, saying she was assaulted and harassed after refusing an order to shred public records.
Sharon Leahy-Lind, ex-director of the CDC’s Division of Local Public Health, accuses the center and head administrator, Dr. Sheila Pinette, of retaliation and defamation for events that started with her refusal “to shred public documents that would have disclosed irregularities and possibly illegal activity by the CDC.”
The suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland alleges violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act seek and seeks reinstatement for Leahy-Lind, or lost pay and damages.
A message left with a CDC spokesman Tuesday was not immediately returned. The agency has in the past refused to comment on Leahy-Lind’s allegations.