Former BLM campground host files sexual harassment complaint


A former campground host at the Río Grande del Norte National Monument filed a discrimination complaint stemming from alleged sexual harassment she said occurred while she was employed by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The complainant alleges she was sexually harassed by another BLM employee last summer, according to the document filed Wednesday (May 2) in U.S. District Court in New Mexico.

The harassment included sexually related comments, jokes, propositions and unwanted physical contact, according to the complaint.

Furthermore, the former employee alleges that when she reported the escalating incidents to a superior, the BLM retaliated by terminating her and her husband and made them leave the campground where they were living and working.

The former employee reported the harassment to her supervisor at least three times. She and her husband were fired after she alerted her boss the last time, according to the federal filing.

The complaint requests a jury trial as well as damages, including attorney fees, for both the female employee and her husband.

A spokesperson for the regional BLM office declined to comment on the complaint because it's an ongoing legal matter, as did the spokesperson for the Interior Department; Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is listed as the defendant in the case because the BLM is an agency within the federal department.