A former employee of the Widgets & Stone design firm has filed suit in Circuit Court, claiming she helped build up the business under a promise that she would get 30 percent of the business. Mandy Lamb said owner Paul Rustand backed out of the alleged promise.
The suit says Ms. Lamb was offered employment at the firm in April 2012. It says she brought with her a portion of her clients.
It says with the help of Ms. Lamb Widgets & Stone grew from a one-person firm to eight employees.
The suit says she helped generate over $2 million in sales in three years for the business.
The complaint says Mr. Rustand assured her several times that he would sign the share agreement. It says when Ms. Lamb finally confronted him after five and a half years at the business, he said he was not going to sign it.
The complaint, filed by attorney Jill Jensen Thrash, says Ms. Lamb went through a contentious divorce. It says Mr. Rustand stated he would not sign the share agreement because Ms. Lamb had become "a single mother" and "unfit for business."
The suit asks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.