Manning-Martin Sues State, Governor for Discrimination

She claims she was effectively demoted at the Department of Corrections after disclosing she had cancer and needed to take a medical leave. She says it was political retaliation over her sister.

Peabody city councilor Anne Manning-Martin is suing the state Department of Corrections, the governor's office and other related state agencies for what she claims is political relatiation for her sister's sharp criticism of Gov. Deval Patrick.

Manning-Martin says she lost her top job at a DOC hospital last year days after disclosing to her supervisors she had cancer and needed to take a medical leave for treatment, reports the Boston Herald.

She underwent treatment over a 4-6 week leave and made a full recovery, but another man was hired to her post and paid a starting salary substantially larger than her's, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday, reports the Herald.

The suit says Manning-Martin was hired back to another administrative role at the same hospital, but with little responsibility.

Manning-Martin's sister, Mary-Ellen Manning, served for 11 years on the Governor's Council, which approves Patrick's judicial appointments, before making an unsuccessful run for the state Senate this past fall.

In both positions Manning was often highly critical of Patrick, other state agencies and the culture on Beacon Hill, and Manning-Martin candidly supported her sister, particularly sharing many of those remarks over social media during last year's campaign.

The lawsuit claims that was motivation to remove Manning-Martin from her post as Deputy Superintendent of the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain.

For more on this story, see the Boston Herald report here.

Saber Walsh April 01, 2013 at 01:09 PM
I would otherwise wonder if the higher paid male had more seniority hence more pay since the HR systems in the state are so wired towards that, but once I read the part about being critical about the governor (a/k/a Prince Patrick, the Heir Apparent), I can understand how easy it would be for her to get hosed. It seems that with this administration, and his mentor's, if you are critical or try to fix something, or if you might reveal that your boss screwed something up so badly that he might look as inept as he truly is, you are either moved aside/otherwise hosed, or something worse. But if you are a total screw-up and even get caught lying -- there are big rewards for being a True Believer and Follower (unless your screwups involved drug assays in the State Lab -- only known exception to the rule) My bet is on Ms. Manning.
Henry Lombardini April 01, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Ms. Manning, I am so happy that you are not hiding your head in the sand with Patrick as so many have done before. You go for what is yours. You have had a long honorable career and have always been well respected. It is shameful that he uses such tactics to oust the wrong people. He should use the same means to get rid of his unexperienced and uninterested cronies that he puts in high places, not people who just want to do their job and do it right. This state would run a whole lot better with people like you at the helm.
bjean April 01, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Unreal! This is a blatant abuse of FMLA and discrimination. Go fight them Ms. Manning! Hope you are feeling better and I hope you kick some butt girlfriend!!!
Chrys Reardon April 01, 2013 at 02:22 PM
With this administration, nothing shocks me. It seems clear that it's political retaliation since Mary-Ellen was a constant thorn in the side of the Patrick during her tenure on the Gov's Council. He's just another example of a phony liberal who uses soaring rhetoric to convince people that he's one of them, when in fact, he's nothing but a vindictive, self-serving politician. I hope Manning cleans their political clocks in federal court.
Harry Birmingham April 01, 2013 at 05:01 PM
While I agree and hope she wins her suit it is us who foots the bill. We pay for the mistakes of others in government for their incompetence and retaliation . I'd hope she and her sister will lead the way to weed out these people . That would make the effort to awaken the voters to vote wisely. It would help make the selection of appointments by those who have that power to be fair in what their selection is of an appointee by the appointees merit and not for political pay off . As for the pay difference in the female and male rates for any job then it should be equal for both. Woman seem to have more want , desire and brains to do their jobs better than most males today. Most of those found not to be doing their jobs and being caught at it are the males. Even in proportion of both sexes in the work place it is the males out numbering the females that are caught in doing wrongful things so what does that say to you.
Karl April 01, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Are you implying that there is some political payback at work? Here, in Massachusetts? I'm shocked and appalled...
Fed Up April 02, 2013 at 03:15 PM
This would never have happened to you if you were a black woman.
bjean April 02, 2013 at 10:42 PM
@Fed Up glad someone had a "pair" and mentioned the ever present elephant in the room!!! You are so right!
Rashida brown April 05, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I am not surprise by such an underminded move by the Patrick administration. I am proud of Ann Manning-Martin for standing up to Beacon Hill bullies.
Michael Smith April 06, 2013 at 01:15 PM
In this economy people should be thankful they even HAVE a job. If her position was as important as she has mentioned (I do not question the importance) then it makes perfect sense that someone needed to takeover for the 4-6 weeks (which by now should be known how long it was). As for the higher pay to the gentleman who took over, it is not always "just because he is a male". Experience, knowledge, and seniority play a HUGE role in the pay scale. I find it quite interesting that the same person who got her the job is being used as the reason for their demotion. Hmmm.... I think it's time people start being thankful for what they have rather than finding blame for what they do not have. Anne is very lucky and blessed to have beaten the odds against an illness that so many are stricken with but unfortunately ends their life much too soon. I am elated with her results. Maybe all this time, money and effort would be better served putting it toward cancer research and awareness? Why turn a positive into a negative? I wish Anne nothing but the best toward her health and this terrible monster named cancer.
Paula April 13, 2013 at 03:32 PM
@michael, Seriously??? If someone is sick you think they should be replaced and lose their job and just be thankful they have a job? I'm glad I don't work for you and thankful we have some, albeit minimal, laws that protect us. Without FMLA she likely would have been fired altogether.


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