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Woman sues Bothell mayor, says she was fired after 2-year affair

By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter

Mark Lamb, a married attorney who has served as mayor of the city of Bothell for the past six years, is being sued by a woman who claims Lamb fired her from her paralegal job at his law firm after their two-year affair ended in March.

Micaela Mae, 23, filed her suit in Snohomish County Superior Court on Monday, seeking damages for wrongful termination and invasion of privacy.

According to the suit, Mae is also accusing Lamb, or someone acting on his behalf, of accessing her social-media sites and deleting voice messages and texts from her personal cellphone.

Christine Slattery, one of the attorneys representing Lamb, said a response to Mae's suit will be filed next week.

"We believe her lawsuit is frivolous. Unfortunately, public figures are often the target of frivolous lawsuits," Slattery said, referring to Lamb's position as Bothell's mayor.

In a similarly worded response, Lamb, 39, wrote in an email Friday: "My lawyers will be vigorously defending me in this matter. We dispute the claims, and believe the suit to be frivolous. Unfortunately, public figures are often the target of frivolous lawsuits."

Mae's attorney, Terry Hall, said he is confident "we can prove all of the allegations in our complaint."

"It is not a frivolous lawsuit by any stretch of the imagination," Hall said.

Mae was working at the Masala Bar & Grill in May 2010 when she met Lamb, who arrived at the Bothell restaurant with a member of the City Council and left that evening with Mae's phone number, the suit alleges. They later had their first date at Masala, the suit says.

Soon after, Lamb encouraged Mae to leave her job and began intermittently to provide financial support, giving Mae about $3,000 a month, according to the suit.

The two began a sexual affair and saw each other frequently, the suit says.

Lamb allegedly promised to support Mae while she attended Edmonds Community College to become a paralegal, and she began working as an intern for him at his firm, North Creek Law Firm, in late 2011, the suit says.

Though he agreed to pay her $3,000 a month, he never paid her more than $1,500 a month "and Mae had to literally beg Lamb to be paid," the lawsuit alleges.

Though the two had agreed to maintain a professional relationship, Mae claims Lamb began pressuring her for sex in January, and over the next several months, the two often had sex in Lamb's office during work hours, the suit says.

In March, Mae told Lamb it was over, and she was fired later that month after Lamb became "jealous and angry" that Mae was considering dating another man, according to the lawsuit.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com.

Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.

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