Former Staffer Sues L.A. Councilman Huizar, Alleging Affair, Retaliation and Unethical Activities

Los Angeles City Council Councilman Jose Huizar, who was the subject of a complaint alleging harassment and discrimination and filed in September 2018, speaks at a meeting in April of that year. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles City Council Councilman Jose Huizar, who was the subject of a complaint alleging harassment and discrimination and filed in September 2018, speaks at a meeting in April of that year. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A former staffer with Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar is suing the city of Los Angeles, alleging she faced retaliation after voicing concerns that her boss was having an affair with an aide and committing “potential legal and ethical violations.”

Mayra Alvarez, who left the councilman’s office in July, said she was demoted and had her responsibilities scaled back after she complained that staffers had been assigned to work during city time on the upcoming council campaign of Huizar’s wife, Richelle Huizar.

Alvarez said she was also punished for taking maternity and disability leave — and for complaining that Huizar was having an affair with one of his aides, a situation she said had been causing “friction” in his office.

Many of the councilman’s staffers “believed that Huizar’s mistress received more favorable treatment from him with respect to assignments and more leniency with respect to deadlines and attendance,” the lawsuit states.

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