What you need to know about Shawn Moody’s 2006 settlement with a former employee

Good morning from Augusta. The toss-up Maine governor’s race was roiled on Friday when The New York Times published details of Republican nominee Shawn Moody’s settlement of a sex discrimination case 12 years ago with a former employee at his eponymous chain of collision centers.

His campaign blasted as “false” the allegations from Jill Hayward, who said Moody fired her in a visit to her apartment while she was on maternity leave following an emergency C-section. Those allegations were first made in a 2006 complaint to the Maine Human Rights Commission.

Here’s what we know, when we knew about it and how these allegations unfolded.

Hayward’s story is consistent with her complaint to the state and Moody’s campaign is denying the allegations while he said he’s barred from discussing it. In her May 2006 complaint to the state — which was first reported by The Bollard, an alternative newspaper in Portland — Hayward said she had worked at two Moody’s Collision Center locations since 2003 before going on maternity leave for eight weeks in October 2005 to have her child.

To read the rest of “What you need to know about Shawn Moody’s 2006 settlement with a former employee,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Michael Shepherd, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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