AP file photoWarriors guard Monta Ellis and the team are facing a sexual harassment suit filed by a former employee.

Monta Ellis, Warriors being sued for sexual harassment

Guard Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors and are being sued for sexual harassment.

A lawsuit set to be filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday morning claims Ellis, 26, sexually harassed a now-former employee between November 2010 and January 2011.

The employee’s attorney, Oakland-based Burton Bultoch, said he has evidence that Ellis sent the employee inappropriate texts at all hours of the night — including one with an image “similar to what [former New York Rep. Anthony] Weiner sent to women in New York.”

Ellis cannot be identified in the photo, but the image was sent from his cellphone, Boltuch said.

Ellis, a father who was recently married, never had a physical relationship with the employee, the attorney said.

The Warriors are being accused of covering up the sexual harassment and firing the employee in retaliation.

The employee was fired after four years working in the team’s community relations department, Boltuch said.

“They said they laid her off because they didn’t need her,” Boltuch said. “We don’t know of anyone else who’d been laid off.”

Boltuch said an attempt to settle with the team failed.

The Warriors said Tuesday they would not comment on the matter because they had not seen the lawsuit.

In his fifth NBA season, Ellis started 64 games for the Warriors and averaged 25.5 points, 5.3 assists and 2.23 steals per game. He was drafted out of high school in 2005. He attended Lanier High School in Jackson, Miss.

Boltuch, who specializes in employment law, also is a lead counsel for former and current Hooters employees in a lawsuit claiming illegal employment practices against the restaurant.

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