Jury awards NM man $250K in discrimination case

July 5, 2013 • State News

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 ( ) that former Public [auth] 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.

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