Created: 01/02/2014 7:21 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE (AP) - The ousted president of Sante Fe Community College is citing a state law providing protections for whistleblowers as she contests her firing.
Lawyers for Ana "Cha" Guzman say the college board fired her in retaliation after she wrote a letter to the state auditor in October to request an investigation into the college's finances.
The college board fired Guzman last month, saying it was invoking a contract provision that allows dismissal for "just cause."
Guzman has filed a request for arbitration to get her job back plus back pay, and the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that one of her lawyers says Guzman plans to file a lawsuit in state District Court under the Whistleblower Protection Act.
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