By Robert Haugh
Disgraced former City Councilman Dominic Caserta is suing the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD), his former employer. This was expected. We broke the story about how Caserta took the first step to a lawsuit in January.
Caserta was a Santa Clara High School teacher until last year. While running for a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, multiple allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct came out against him. The allegations came from young campaign staffers and his female high school students.
After the allegations came out, Caserta resigned from the City Council. That was a year ago. He left his high school teaching job at the same time.
Caserta is seeking $38 million from the district according to reliable sources. He thinks that his life was ruined because the district accidentally released his personnel file. In his file, were complaints against him by students.
Caserta is being paid almost $12,000 per month during SCUSD’s investigation about sexual harassment and misconduct. The district cannot say if the investigation has been completed after a year, or how much longer it’ll take.
SCUSD School Boardmembers cannot comment on Caserta’s case. Of the seven board members, only one, Albert Gonzalez, supported Caserta’s supervisorial candidacy.
We also reported that Caserta had filed a complaint against the City in January.
City Hall sources expect him to sue the City, too.
Local attorneys think that Caserta is posturing for a settlement and he really doesn’t want to see alleged victims testify against him at a public trial.
According to our sources, the School Board is divided on whether to settle or go to court.
The City, on the other hand, won’t settle, according to our sources. They would rather put Caserta on trial.