Claim: Ex-Snohomish County prosecutor ran hostile office

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — An administrator who worked under recently retired Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe has accused his former boss of presiding over a hostile workplace rife with sexually charged banter.

The Daily Herald reports that 61-year-old Bob Lenz filed a legal claim for damages in late December, a possible step toward suing his employer. Lenz alleges that Roe and other workplace managers did not rein in employees who were out of line, then retaliated when Lenz tried to take action.

The claim seeks compensation and reforms related to unfair treatment that Lenz said was linked to his age and gender.

A retired state trooper and Army veteran, Lenz has worked for the county since 2005.

Roe strongly disputed Lenz’s account, calling the bulk of the allegations “either completely false and untrue, or grossly twisted and distorted.”