New Mexico’s highest court will decide whether a former state management employee, fired after Gov. Susana Martinez took office more than three years ago, is entitled to unemployment compensation.
The case centers on a lawsuit by Sandra K. Perez, who was state personnel director for more than six years under Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson. A month after taking office in 2011, Republican Martinez fired Perez, who was exempt from the state personnel system and could be terminated without cause.