Thursday, January 24, 2008

Executive Director of Foundation Files Sexual Harrassment Suit Against State Senate President Who Founded the Foundation

On January 24, 2008, the LA Times reported that the Kathleen Driscoll, executive director of the John Burton Foundation, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against 75 year old John Burton, the founder of the foundation and former California State Senate President.  here is an excerpt from the article:

Kathleen Driscoll, who is on stress leave from the John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes, said in a 12-page Superior Court complaint that Burton began harassing her in September 2006, almost immediately after she was hired to the post with a six-figure salary. She said that he continued despite her complaints to him and other foundation board members.

"I had a dream of helping homeless children through a job I loved," she told a news conference at her attorney's office here. "John Burton turned that dream into a sexual harassment nightmare and quite frankly a living hell."

Reached by phone at his law office, Burton referred a reporter to his attorney, Susan Rubenstein, who said she had not been able to review the suit but that the longtime Democratic politician denies any sexual impropriety.

For the entire article, go to "Sexual harassment suit filed against John Burton" in the LA Times.

DAB

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