September 23, 2015 Santa Fe New Mexican
Kate Ferlic’s client Patricia Brainard filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Department of Corrections on Friday in Santa Fe. Brainard claims she was fired for two reasons – questioning the use of Pearson-Vue’s GED program and agreeing to testify in Catherine Johnson’s whistleblower trial, also against the Department of Corrections.
In the lawsuit, Brainard explains when she questioned her supervisor, former director of recidivism reduction David Huertas, about the use of the Pearson-Vue program, he “exploded and yelled” stating he fired Catherine Johnson (former Adult Basic Education program manager) because she also inquired about the use of Pearson-Vue’s GED program. Brainard’s lawsuit also states Huertas “threatened to terminate or reassign Brainard.”
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