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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