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Baltimore human resources employee fired for altering her ADA documents

A Baltimore City Department of Human Resources employee was terminated recently for submitting altered documents to extend her leave under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city’s Office of the Inspector General reports.

The unnamed employee was accused of changing an ADA form to add two weeks to her return to work date, according to a report released Monday by the OIG. The employee admitted to the change and said it was to remain out of work until she finished taking a prescription medication.

The employee also claimed to have been authorized by other Department of Human Resources employees to make such a change but those employees denied advising anyone to personally change medical leave documents, according to the OIG report.

The department elected to terminate the employee, according to the report, and an accompanying memorandum from the director of DHR said the OIG report was delivered in August and at a pre-termination hearing, the employee again admitted to altering the form and “failed to provide a compelling reason that DHR should not proceed with her discharge.”

The employee was terminated in early September and she appealed to the Civil Service Commission, according to DHR. Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming confirmed Monday that the appeal was recently dismissed and the termination became official.

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