ESTANCIA, NM (KRQE) - It was a morning in August, and Estancia assistant librarian Jamie Kurz was coming into work expecting a quiet start to her day.
"[She] went into work a few minutes early, saw that there was two vehicles out in front of the library," said Joseph CampBell, Kurz's attorney. "One being the other librarian and one being a town maintenance vehicle."
CampBell says Kurz didn't think much of it until she went inside, set her belongings on her desk and heard some strange noises.
"[She] turned around and saw two other employees engaged in sexual intercourse on the floor in the children's section," CampBell said.
Kurz claims it was the town's head librarian and a maintenance worker, who told her to keep quiet. Kurz didn't, and CampBell says she reported the incident to the city library director and ultimately Estancia Mayor Sylvia Chavez herself.
"The mayor subsequently talked to Jamie about it, told her that it wouldn't have any effect on her job," CampBell said.
But after Kurz took leave when the main librarian returned to work claiming a hostile work environment, she was soon let go. The library director was fired, too.
In an October 10 termination letter from Mayor Chavez to Kurz, Chavez claims Kurz refused to turn over the key to the library while on leave.
"Your refusal to turn over Town property upon request and as required to ensure uninterrupted library services shows a lack of cooperation and willingness to work with supervisors," wrote Chavez in the letter. "This behavior constitutes insubordination and jeopardizes the Town's ability to serve its citizens."
CampBell sees it differently, claiming Kurz was let go to try and sweep the incident under the rug and protect two employees who were locals and "close" to the mayor. He says he intends to file a tort claim with the town, which could lead to a whistleblower lawsuit.
CampBell allowed KRQE News 13 to listen to a covert audio recording between Kurz and the main librarian to corroborate Kurz's claims. Although that librarian does not directly admit to having sex in the children's section, she does tell Kurz that if she can't handle the situation, she should find another job.
KRQE News 13 attempted to reach Chavez at Town Hall Friday afternoon. A receptionist there said she was out for the day.
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