Man claims he was fired after ending affair with US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce chairwoman
HOUSTON – A man claims in a lawsuit that he was fired after ending an affair with the chairwoman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Javier Palomarez, the former CEO and president of the chamber, said chamber chairwoman Nina Vaca became vindictive after he ended an affair with her, according to the lawsuit.
Vaca accused Palomarez of embezzling up to $1 million and misappropriating funds, according to the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, an investigation conducted by the chamber found no wrongdoing on the part of Palomarez.
Vaca's attorney issued the following statement after Palomarez held a news conference about his lawsuit Tuesday morning:
"This lawsuit has mischaracterized and manipulated the facts regarding the removal of Mr. Palomarez from his leadership role with the Chamber, and the nature of his relationship with Ms. Vaca. Mr. Palomarez is clearly seeking revenge and retribution, with little regard for the truth. It should be emphasized that it was the improper and unethical actions of Mr. Palomarez that directly led to his firing by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. We will respond to these claims through the judicial system."
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