LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jurors have awarded a former Dona Ana County worker more than $250,000 as part of a verdict against the county.
The Las Cruces Sun News reports (http://bit.ly/19V9ErG ) that former Public Works Director Jorge Granados and his family shed tears as the decision was announced Wednesday.
Granados says he wanted to give a voice to employees who have been retaliated against.
Jurors found the county had created a hostile work environment for Granados and retaliated against him for his efforts in reporting discrimination alleged by another worker.
Jurors awarded Granados more than $60,000 for lost wages and benefits stemming from the six months he was out of work after being fired in June 2010. Another $190,000 was awarded for emotional distress.
The county’s contract attorney said he wasn’t authorized to comment.