Our firm has extensive knowledge of County employment law and administration. Having prepared and implemented multiple personnel policies, we are intimately familiar with the personnel policies within Valencia, Socorro, Catron, and Sierra Counties.
Our firm has participated in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediations and formulated responsive packets to EEOC’s requests for information, and represented Counties in Unemployment Insurance Appeals, including appeals up to the Department of Labor Board of Review and the Secretary of the Department of Labor. Among other accomplishments, our firm has obtained the dismissal of well over a dozen EEOC charges by employees who have claimed discrimination based on race, color, disability, national origin, age, and gender before both the EEOC and the District Court.
We have conducted scores of pre-disciplinary hearings and grievance hearings on behalf of the Counties, and have participated in, and prevailed on, appeals of personnel hearing officer's decisions in the District Court. We have also worked closely with Office of Special Counsel in regards to potential Hatch Act violations to ensure that our counties federal funding was not jeopardized by employees who sought elected office, and also with the New Mexico County Insurance Authority in matters relating to insurance coverage on employment disputes.
We have participated in the interview process for certain County personnel, and have prepared memoranda relating to personnel matters for Socorro, Sierra, and Valencia Counties. We have advised County officials on a variety of employment-related issues, ranging from Federal Labor Standards Act overtime laws to individual issues, such as the setting of an Undersheriff’s salary by the County Sheriff in an amount exceeding that authorized by the Board of County Commissioners. We have also conducted and helped to organize sexual harassment trainings, drug-testing trainings, strip search trainings, and Americans with Disabilities Act trainings.
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