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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New Mexico on
Q: Do I have to sign a release of information for all former and any company I applied for since my constructive discharge?

Employment disability discrimination case in New Mexico. In the discovery phase, they are insisting that I sign a release of information for all former, even though I was employed by this company for 17 years, and all companies I applied since my constructive discharge. What relevance does any... Read more »

Deena L. Buchanan
Deena L. Buchanan answered on Jun 29, 2019

Are you handling this case by yourself? If possible, I strongly urge you to consult with an attorney. Litigation is filled with these kinds of issues that can get your case dismissed if you don't handle them properly.

I believe you are asking about an employment information release....
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Q: I think I am being retaliated against by my pharmacy manager because I went to upper management about her.what can I do

Feel my manager is attacking me after I went to upper management about scheduling. Caused me to be out of work for 3 weeks

Trent A. Howell
Trent A. Howell answered on Mar 6, 2018

A number of statutes prohibit public and privates employers from retaliating against employees for making certain types of internal complaints. Two statutes commonly involved with such claims are the New Mexico Human Rights Act (“NMHRA”), NMSA § 28-1-1 et seq. and the New Mexico Whistleblower... Read more »

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Q: I applied at a restaurant a few weeks back. My partner works there too. The owner told my partner that he wasn't

going to hire me because he works there also. Pretty much he doesn't hire couples. But, the same guy hired a husband and wife couple, they work the same shifts. He also hired a BF/GF couple. Now, both of those couples are Indonesian. The owner himself is Chinese. I am Native as is my partner. Does... Read more »

Trent A. Howell
Trent A. Howell answered on Mar 6, 2018

In certain situations, New Mexico Human Rights Act ("NMHRA"), NMSA § 28-1-1 et seq., requires an employer to consider an applicant for a position regardless of "spousal affiliation" or sexual orientation. In addition, if the employer retains some employees and terminates others based on their... Read more »

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Q: I was sent a proposed removal from the VA. I need to know what my rights are if any? I have had no prior write ups.

I have been on FMLA the last three years. I have a new supervisor that did not explain to me that my FMLA needed to be redone in order for me to have it again. For some reason when I went to do all my paperwork there were more added steps that were not required the previous years and I kept... Read more »

Trent A. Howell
Trent A. Howell answered on Oct 31, 2017

In general, an employer must provide certain notices and responses to employees regarding FMLA leave. See, e.g., https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs28d.pdf . In addition, it is unlawful and gives rise to a particular cause of action if the employer terminates an employee in retaliation... Read more »

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Q: Can my employer make me pay for something as pretty as a broken liquor bottle?

Giant #6338 Western Refining/andeavor

Trent A. Howell
Trent A. Howell answered on Oct 31, 2017

In general, New Mexico "tort"/"negligence" law makes a person liable to anyone whom he causes accidental damage - whether at work, or anywhere else. Whether it is worth anyone's time to file or fight a lawsuit over a broken liquor bottle is a different question.

This is not legal advice to...
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Q: I applied for job at a FQHC clinic in nm. They are saying they can't hire me because my great uncle is a board member???

I read NM laws and in NM I would be considered 4th relative which is not immediately family and would not stop me from being considered for the position. Would the federal law have anything different in this case?? I want to make a complaint but am unsure if is would be considered under EEOC? Thank... Read more »

Trent A. Howell
Trent A. Howell answered on Apr 14, 2016

An entity that is a “Federally Qualified Health Center” (FQHC) under Medicare and Medicaid statutes operates under certain federal regulations that may prohibit certain conflicts of interest, which may include nepotism in certain situations. Whether those regulations apply to you would depend... Read more »

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