Editor’s note: An earlier online version of this story contained a quote about an improper request made during the local filming of a courtroom scene. That quote was deleted after an individual informed the Journal he was the person referred to in the quote, and he denied making any such comment.
One of New Mexico’s most prominent union leaders has been accused of harassment and discrimination by a former employee, who also alleges that the state’s largest film industry union abetted his behavior.
Jon Hendry, the president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor and a business agent for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480, is the subject of a lawsuit filed Tuesday in state District Court in Santa Fe . In it, Christa Valdez, who was hired by IATSE as a public relations representative, accuses Hendry of harassing and intimidating her and then orchestrating her termination when she rejected his advances. Valdez also names IATSE as a party in the lawsuit.
In an email to the Journal, Hendry said he was unaware of the lawsuit and directed further questions to IATSE’s attorney, Robert Giolito. Giolito said the union does not comment on current litigation.
The attorney representing Valdez, Trent Howell, declined a request for comment.