NM Homeland Security Rocked By Slander Charges

Jul 11, 2013

The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been rocked by allegations of slander and harassment from a former investigator.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a New Mexico district court heard Wednesday a case involving former intelligence analyst Victor Javier Marquez. He is seeking a restraining order against the department's chief counsel for alleged slander and a pattern of harassment.

According to Marquez, he left his position in May because of ongoing harassment, retaliation and a "hostile work environment."

But Cabinet Secretary Gregory Myers called the complaint "ridiculous claims from a disgruntled former employee."

The case is the latest of several complaints filed by employees in the last year against top administrators at the department.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican.

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