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Gov candidate: Discrimination charge shouldn’t stop voters

October 13, 2018

Maine Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody stands with a group of family members and employees, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 in Gorham, Maine. The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody angrily denounced suggestions he mistreated an employee who brought a sexual discrimination complaint over her firing after she gave birth. (AP Photo/Patrick Whittle)

GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody says the sole complaint against his company with the Maine Human Rights Commission in more than 40 years shouldn’t keep voters away next month.

Moody on Friday denounced allegations that he mistreated a female employee who brought a sexual discrimination complaint against him in 2006. The Republican business owner is running against Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills and two independents.

Moody says Moody’s Collision Centers is “recognized as one of Maine’s best places to work.” He made the comments at a news conference outside the company’s Gorham location Friday.

The 2006 complaint from former employee Jill Hayward says she was fired by Moody because he feared she wouldn’t be able to do her job after becoming a mother. The parties settled for $20,000.

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