Former Dona Ana worker may file lawsuit over termination

LAS CRUCES (AP) – A former Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office employee who was terminated earlier this year after alerting authorities to alleged wrongdoing within the office says he may sue the county.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Robert Hernandez, who worked as a temporary employee at the county office, sent a notice last week saying he has “causes of action” against county officials. The lawsuit would be in connection to alleged harassment and retaliation against him.

Hernandez had tipped off authorities to an alleged voter ID theft and check-cashing scheme within the office.

The allegations surfaced June 1, and Hernandez was notified days later that his job would be ending.

County officials have said the dismissal was not related to Hernandez’s actions in alerting law enforcement of the allegations or the alleged scam.

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