Politics & Government

Ex-House worker files suit alleging retaliation

A former 17-year veteran security officer for the state House has filed a lawsuit, claiming his complaints about a supervisor’s bullying led to his firing in 2013.

David Mangino’s lawyers filed suit after filing a tort claim that asked for $250,000 in damages. The suit alleging illegal retaliation was filed in Thurston County Superior Court, where other claims of wrongful termination are pending from three former House GOP staffers let go in 2011 by the Republican caucus.

Mangino was assistant sergeant-at-arms and had worked for the Legislature since 1996, according to his lawsuit, prepared by Olympia lawyer Christopher Coker. House security chief Mark Arras, whom Mangino accused of bullying behavior, said Monday he had not yet seen the lawsuit.

House Chief Clerk Barbara Baker terminated Mangino in April 2013. Baker said Monday the House did not have a comment.


NOTE: The date of the earlier firings has been corrected.