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 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.