Rumford woman sues mental health organization

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former employee is suing Oxford County Mental Health Services, claiming she was fired for bringing up concerns about patient care.

Linda Perry of Rumford filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland on Monday, claiming her rights under Maine's Whistleblower Protection Act and Human Rights Act were violated.

Perry has filed a motion for an injunction, asking for her job back, back pay and court fees and damages.

Perry says in the suit that when she brought up alleged incidents in which patients did not receive counseling or other services, she was ignored and eventually fired in March 2103.

Executive Director Stephanie LeBlanc, who took over in June, tells the Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/XZJmDU ) she had no comment.

The organization provides psychiatric counseling, crisis response and residential outpatient care.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com

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