ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County reportedly will pay $570,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a former attorney and spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
Jennifer Vega-Brown sued the county in October 2012. She alleged she was retaliated against after raising concerns about discrimination and sexual harassment against Hispanic women in the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Dan Houston says the settlement hasn’t been finalized yet and there’s no admission of liability on his part or the department.
The Albuquerque Journal says (http://bit.ly/RmVVpV) the settlement is a combination of two lawsuits that Vega-Brown filed.
The first claimed violations of the state Whistleblower Protection Act, defamation of character, retaliatory discharge and breach of contract.
The second lawsuit came after a judge last November ordered the county to pay almost $140,000 for failing to provide the public records quickly.