ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jon Hendry, one of the most prominent union and film industry leaders in the state, is no longer president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, an AFL-CIO spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The news comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed last week alleging harassment and discrimination by Hendry toward a former employee, Christa Valdez. On Monday, the lawsuit was amended to add another plaintiff: Madeleine Lauve, also a former employee, who alleges Hendry subjected her to “discriminatory conditions, including an explicit quid pro quo for sex.”
The amended lawsuit includes an accusation of racketeering against Hendry, claiming he allegedly “did smear and undermine the careers of . . . plaintiffs in the industry, unless they consented to his sexual advances and demands.”
Hendry is a business agent for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480. According to the lawsuit, Valdez was employed as a public relations representative there for five years; Lauve is described as being an employee of the union for about a year, though the filings did not say in what capacity.
The lawsuit also names IATSE Local 480 as a party “directly and vicariously liable” for Hendry’s alleged behavior.
In response to several requests for comment, Hendry said via an email that he had “been given strict instructions not to comment on anything.”