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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 6:23 pm, Wed Jul 23, 2014.

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.

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