A New Jersey prosecutor is being sued for allegedly retaliating against an employee who refused to process a disc that court records said contained suggestive photos of her and her husband “in various stages of undressing.”
Media specialist Henry Hernandez, 50, said he was a “model employee” nicknamed “Superman” at the Passaic County Attorney’s Office until 2010 when prosecutor Camelia Valdes asked him to process the digital collection of her personal pictures.
“When he opened the disc on his computer, the plaintiff saw photos of Valdes and her husband in various stages of undressing,” the lawsuit, which was filed in the county where the couple worked together, claimed.
“Hernandez did not see fit to view those materials and returned the CD to Valdes and told her he could not edit it,” the lawsuit reads.
The prosecutor, a mother of two, filed a similar request in 2014, this time clarifying that “there were personal items on the disc,” including “images that were inappropriate in a work environment,” the lawsuit said.
“Again, Hernandez refused to process the disc” — only to be “frozen” at work, the lawsuit alleged.
“He was treated differently and Valdes and other … associates began to behave much colder towards him than before,” the lawsuit says.
This was particularly evident during the pandemic, when Hernandez was the only employee who, despite his warnings that “he was very concerned about getting infected again because of his diabetes and heart problems,” was the only employee not to have a plastic tag on his desk had,” the lawsuit states.
Valdes was first appointed in 2009, becoming the first female prosecutor for Latina County in New Jersey. She declined to discuss the case when reached by NJ Advance Media and said she is not commenting on any pending litigation.
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