Madison Cultural Arts District Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit For $10,000
The entity that runs Overture Center will pay $10,000 to a former receptionist Monica Everson, to settle its portion of a federal civil rights lawsuit. Everson filed the lawsuit last fall against the city, former Overture president Bob D’Angelo, the Madison Cultural Arts District, which runs Overture, and other top city officials for allegedly failing to stop sexual harassment by D’Angelo.
In the lawsuit, Everson alleges that D’Angelo "repeatedly subjected her to unwelcome verbal and physical conduct and communication of a sexual nature" during most of the nearly 15 years they worked together at Overture and its predecessor, the Madison Civic Center. Everson is seeking unspecified damages, including back pay, legal fees and punitive damages.
D’Angelo was convicted last year of federal charges for using his city office to run two private businesses that netted hundreds of thousands of dollars. He pleaded guilty to two counts and was sentenced last April to one year and one day in prison.