Feminist groups applaud as the beleaguered NIH employee can go back to work, vindicated, after a six-year-long battle
Date: April 27, 1992

In a move that may finally resolve a suit filed three years ago, the National Institutes of Health offered to reinstate Sharon Johnson in a job earlier this month.

The position of "floating scientific review administrator," Johnson says, is not exactly the same job that she fled on April 21, 1986, three years before she filed a successful lawsuit alleging handicap and sex discrimination against NIH. In fact, "I think it's a special job created for me" by NIH to comply with the judgment of the suit, says Johnson, who previously had been executive secretary for the pathobiochemistry study section.

She won the suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in November 1991, on the grounds of handicap discrimination (Johnson has narcolepsy) and has been...

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