Tucumcari sexual harassment complaint settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico

Tucumcari Public Schools has awarded employee Diane Trujillo $28,000 in an out-of-court settlement stemming from her sexual harassment complaint against former school principal David Castillo and her allegations that school district officials retaliated against her for filing the complaint.

According to court records released by Tucumcari Public Schools at the request of the Quay County Sun, Trujillo was awarded the sum in February to cover legal fees and $3,000 was awarded to compensate Trujillo for psychological counseling expenses “incurred by the charging party, individually, or for members of her immediate family.”

The settlement agreement specifies that Trujillo will remain in her position as a reading specialist and student assistance team chairwoman for the remainder of the school year. Trujillo said she will continue working at the school district next year.

In November, Carrie Moritomo, public relations officer with the State of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, confirmed a determination of probable cause issued Aug. 23 in response to Trujillo’s formal complaint alleging she was sexually harassed by Castillo, and that Trujillo’s complaints to supervisors were not properly addressed.

According to the document, Trujillo submitted statements to the human rights bureau claiming Castillo began to sexually harass her in 2008 and that a supervisor told her to “just go along with it” when she complained in November 2009.

The document states Castillo denied the allegations and claimed there was nothing inappropriate about their relationship.

The document also states other women have said they were sexually harassed by Castillo.

Castillo, no longer with the school, could not be reached Tuesday for comment.