|Mark Lamb (left)|
The mayor of a city is accused of firing a female employee after ending a 2 year affair, according to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court.
Mark Lamb, a married lawyer who has also served as mayor of the city of Bothell for the past six years, has been sued by a woman, who said she was fired from her paralegal job in his law firm after their two-year romance ended in March.
Micaela Mae, 23, filed suit in the Superior Court of Snohomish County on Monday, seeking damages for wrongful termination and invasion of privacy.
The lawsuit also accuses Lamb, or someone acting on his behalf, of accessing her social media sites and deleting voice and texts messages from her personal cell phone.
Christine Slattery, one of the lawyers representing Lamb, said a response to the lawsuit of Mae will be presented next week.
"We believe the lawsuit is frivolous. Unfortunately, public figures are often subject to frivolous lawsuits," Slattery said, referring to his position as mayor of Bothell.
In response, Lamb, 39, wrote in an email Friday: "My lawyers will vigorously defend me in this matter. We disagree with the claims, and we believe that lawsuit is frivolous. Unfortunately, public figures are often the target of frivolous lawsuits.”
The lawyer for Mae, Terry Hall, said he was confident that "we can prove all the allegations in our complaint."
"It's not a frivolous lawsuit by any stretch of the imagination," Hall said.
According to the lawsuit, the two met at a bar. Lamb hired Mae and soon after demanded a sexual relationship. The affair ended after two years when Mae was fired, according to the lawsuit.