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Buena Vista Twp. Pays $25K Settlement to Former DPW Director Following Sexual Harassment Complaint

By kcora on
Buena Vista Township

The settlement extinguished the director's sexual harassment complaint without mentioning it.

According to records, on Feb. 13, 2017, the Township of Buena Vista entered into a settlement agreement under which its Public Works Director received $25,000. 

Even though the settlement agreement recites a "restructuring" that eliminated the the full-time DPW Director position, it also extinguished (but does not mention) a civil rights claim in which the DPW Director accused the Township Administrator of sexual harassment.

In his administrative complaint filed with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, former DPW Director Richard P. Calareso claimed that Township Administrator Kenia Nunez-Acuna "made unwelcomed direct physical contact with him" on December 30, 2016.  According to the complaint, Nunez-Acuna "asked him for hug at least seven times" and "chased after him and put her arm under his arm to make it appear as if the two were walking arm in arm."  Calaruso also claimed that Nunez-Acuna "forcibly pushed her breast against [him] three times."

The case is captioned Calareso v. Township of Buena Vista, Civil Rights Docket No. EA05UB-663054 and Calareso's attorney was the Law Offices of Jacobs & Barbone of Atlantic City.  Case documents are on-line here.

None of the the complaint's allegations have been proven or disproven in before any tribunal. Settlement agreements typically state that payment does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing by any of the defendants.  All that is known for sure is that Buena Vista County or its insurer, for whatever reason, paid Calareso $25,000.

Lawsuit: NJcivilsettlement