Former APS groundskeeper files whistleblower lawsuit

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A former Albuquerque Public Schools groundskeeper is suing the district over what he says was a serious health hazard. 

Antonio Montano says he was fired after he refused an order by his supervisors to dump chemicals into an arroyo near the APS maintenance and operating grounds that runs down toward Dreamstyle Arena, a.k.a. The Pit. 

According to the lawsuit, Montano also reported the issue to the Department of Agriculture in 2015, but he claims the dumping continued. 

Montano alleges that’s when APS used taxpayer money to hire a private investigator to monitor him.

He says his supervisors got an anonymous tip he was at home instead of work and APS accused him of using drugs and alcohol despite him passing drug tests.

He says he was then fired without warning. 

Montano has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against APS. 

The district told KRQE News 13 it could not comment. 

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