PORTLAND, Maine — A federal jury Thursday awarded a registered nurse more than $35,000 in back pay and damages after it found Rumford Hospital had discriminated against her because of a disability.

Jurors awarded Catherine Prescott of Peru $34,285 for 14 months of back pay and $1,400 in compensatory damages after a four-day trial. The jury did not award punitive damages, according to the verdict form filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Prescott suffered a back injury in November 2011 and required extended leave, according to a news release issued Friday by her attorneys, Chad Hansen and Peter Thompson of Portland. The hospital held a position for her for 13 months, then terminated her position five weeks before she was cleared to return to work on Jan. 15, 2013, her lawyers said. Prescott then was unemployed for 14 months.

Rebecca Webber, the Auburn attorney who represented the hospital, said that the verdict could be “a scary scenario for all employers, but especially small businesses.”

Webber said that Prescott was out for 13 months while the position was held open for her but “refused to give her employer a doctor’s note, so the hospital terminated her.

“Now, if an employee is out for more than a year without a note, the employer may have to give that person more time,” she said.

Webber described the award as “a bone” the jury gave Prescott because the jury did not grant punitive damages and awarded such a small amount in compensatory damages.

U.S. District Judge Jon Levy will decide whether Pescott should be reinstated and if the hospital must pay her attorney’s fees and costs, the release said.