Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Nah! There aint nothin inapprpriate goin on at Del Mar College. Right Adriana?

CORPUS CHRISTI - A former dean at Del Mar College, Theresa E. Cox, has filed a lawsuit against the school. The suit alleges sexual harassment and retalitation by the president of Del Mar. Cox was the one-time dean of equal opportunity/affirmative action, equity, access and compliance at Del Mar College.

According to a court document obtained by 6 News, Cox claims she investigated a student's sexual harassment complaint against Del Mar President, Dr. Carlos Garcia, in September 2004.

The suit says, "Upon learning the plaintiff (Cox) had taken a statement from the student and intended to follow college procedures for processing the complaint, Dr. Garcia protested."

Ultimately, Cox claims Garcia retaliated, demoted and eventually terminated her when she cooperated with the student's complaint to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington.

Cox also alleges Dr. Garcia "made numerous unwelcome advances and inappropriate personal remarks..." to her, other female employees and students. Cox was not available for comment when 6 News called and stopped by her Padre Island home.

Del Mar's in-house counsel, Mike Westergren, declined an on-camera interview but said Garcia "absolutely denies the allegations." He described the incident as "most unfortunate."

Westergren said he's worked with both Cox and Garcia and never saw a sign of inappropriate behavior. And as a former judge, he said he would have taken action if he did see something wrong.

According to Westergren, the matter is "still being handled internally." Cox is seeking compensation, and she wants her job back. The basis of her lawsuit is that Del Mar was in violation of the Texas Whistleblower Act. If the case goes to trial, it will be a jury in Travis County, that's Austin, not Nueces County, hearing the case.

Del Mar officials said they hope to resolve the matter before it goes that far.

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The Secretary of State cleared her to run.

I think these guys are going to learn a lesson or two....

from the attorney general down. The Secretary of State cleared Ms Garcia to run. If you read the AG opinion you will know what a crook this guy is when it comes to the little people. Carlos Valdez, I cant see how he would obtain Jurisdiction given there is no criminal act. This matter should be processed through existing administrative law.

A Voter Registration in Kleberg While Residing in Nueces?

The question is, which home was her domicile. I have been to her Apartment here in Corpus Christi, it sure looks like it is her primary residence.

I cannot imagine Carlos Valdez even having anything to do with this case, given his history with Mike Westergren and I am told with Joe Alaniz as well.

If Carlos Valdez prosecutes this lady, he is a fool.

I stand behind her.