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Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Bothell mayor’s former staffer drops suit against him

A former employee who had had an affair with Mark Lamb claimed she was unjustly fired.

BOTHELL -- A lawsuit claiming that Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb unjustly fired a former legal intern with whom he'd had an affair has been dismissed.
Lamb and the woman, Micaela Mae, both agreed to the dismissal, filed March 27 in Snohomish County Superior Court.
On Friday, neither side was willing to add much detail beyond the routine court paperwork that ended the case.
"This matter has been resolved and dismissed," said Lamb's attorney, Christine Slattery of Seattle's Lee Smart law firm. "We have no further comment."
Mae's attorney, Terry Hall of Seattle's Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, also declined to comment.
Lamb, 40, is an elected Bothell City Council member chosen by his peers to serve as mayor, a position he's held since 2006. Though his council seat is nonpartisan, he is active in Republican circles.
The suit that Mae, 23, filed in October described a two-year relationship with Lamb, who is married. She later worked for several months as an intern in Lamb's North Creek Law Firm, where she alleged she had been promised more money than she received and was fired when she showed interest in dating another man. Afterward, she maintained somebody got access to her social media profiles and deleted voice messages on her cellphone without permission.
She sought unspecified damages for lost wages, unlawful firing, emotional distress and invasion of privacy. The suit also named Lamb's wife and law practice as defendants.
Lamb, in a legal response last year called the suit "frivolous" and said he was being targeted because he's a public official. He also admitted to having an affair with Mae and to employing her, but denied her other claims.
Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com.
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