Former employee accuses union leader of sexual harassment

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A prominent figure in New Mexico’s film industry is accused of sexually harassing a former union employee, touching her inappropriately and attempting to block her from finding other work in the industry after the union fired her.

Christa Valdez, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, accuses Jon Hendry, the president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor and a business agent for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480, of harassing and intimidating her and then orchestrating her termination when she complained about his behavior.

Hendry said he couldn’t comment on the pending litigation and referred comments to the union’s lawyer, Robert Giolito, who also declined to comment.

Valdez also names the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a party in the lawsuit. Valdez was hired by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a public relations representative.

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