Ex-official suing NM school district over religion

Posted at: 10/20/2012 11:14 AM
By: The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A former assistant superintendent is suing a school district in the Four Corners for religious discrimination.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that former Assistant Superintendent Sharon Jensen recently filed a federal lawsuit against the Central Consolidated School District and several top administrators.

Jensen says in the lawsuit that that the district officials discriminated against her because they believed she was Mormon, and retaliated against her because of complaints she made while employed at the district.

She also says she was unfairly demoted for those same reasons.

Jensen, who acted as assistant superintendent for two years prior to her termination in 2011, worked for the district for 30 years.

District spokesman James Preminger said the district couldn't comment on the pending lawsuit.

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