Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. was officially notified of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by his former executive assistant Melanie McDade and her attorney has announced he is representing a second client making similar allegations. The common theme appears to be that City Manager Artie Fields and HR Director Jose Cortes are failing to protect the women who work in city hall as they turn a blind eye to the mayor’s dubious antics in exchange for an exorbitant paycheck.
Lawyers representing McDade have filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against Mayor Butts, City Manager Artie Fields and HR Director Jose Cortes alleging wrongful termination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and failure to investigate and prevent sexual harassment.
“The city was served and will have 30 days to respond and will either answer or file a motion challenging the sufficiency of the allegations against the mayor,” said Carl Douglas, attorney for McDade. “It will all be a play by Skip Miller’s firm, Miller Barondess, to squeeze more money out of the city coffers and ALL city taxpayers should be alarmed and annoyed.”
“We are seeking to move to disqualify Skip Miller’s firm as the city’s council in this matter because they represented Ms. McDade at her first deposition when she testified on behalf of the city in the MSG lawsuit. It is outrageous they would attempt to continue to represent the city against a former client.”
Douglas is also representing a second woman, who is making similar allegations against Mayor Butts.
“Our claim for damages with my second victim, Jane Doe, is being filed and served this week against the mayor who also alleges similar creepy conduct and sexual harassment,” said Douglas.
McDade’s lawsuit claims the mayor has installed tracking devices on her car to monitor her whereabouts, shows up announced at her home and used hypnosis to control her.
Inglewood residents are growing tired of the stench emanating from the ninth floor of city hall. Mayor Butts survived a nearly fatal heart attack and still awaits the public announcement of the third woman, from the ninth floor, who has retained the law firm of Gloria Allred, to fight on her behalf.
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