A former council aide has filed suit against 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar over alleged retaliation after she complained about her boss’ alleged affair with another staffer and use of employees to support his wife’s political campaign, the L.A. Times reports.
Mayra Alvarez claims, among other things, that she was demoted and penalized for taking maternity and disability leave. Her lawsuit alleged that Huizar’s mistress received favorable treatment when it came to assignments.
In addition, Alvarez. who now works for Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, claims that department staffers were required to help plan and launch his Richelle Huizar’s campaign to replace her husband on the council when he’s termed out of office in 2020.
The district includes all or portions of Boyle Heights, Downtown, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Hermon, Highland Park and Monterey Hills.
Update: Huizar, in a statement released this afternoon, says the “outlandish accusations” are “completely false” and politically motivated.
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