Prison educator’s suit alleges unjustified dismissal

By April 3, 2015Employment Law

April 3, 2015 Albuquerque Journal

A whistle blower lawsuit was filed today by attorney Kate Ferlic on behalf of former New Mexico Department of Corrections educator Catherine Johnson.  Johnson was terminated in April 2013 after questioning the decision of hiring the education testing firm Pearson VUE in November 2012.  Pearson Vue “would charge more than twice the cost of the GED testing service in place at the time” and since its introduction “the number of adult inmates taking the GED has significantly decreased.”  The lawsuit also states former Director of Recidivism Reduction David Huerta had a “personal relationship” with First Gentleman Chuck Franco, husband of Governor Susana Martinez.

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