A woman who came forward to claim she was sexually harassed by a staffer in Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s (D) office has filed a federal lawsuit against Madigan’s political committee and the state Democratic Party, over the “severe and persistent sexual harassment” she suffered for nearly a year.
Hampton’s suit accuses Madigan’s aide Kevin Quinn, claiming she sent her text messages and phone calls in pursuit of a romantic and sexual relationship.
Madigan fired Quinn the day before Hampton went public, on February 13th.
Alaina Hampton says Madigan and the Democratic Party used their power to intimidate her and keep her out of a job. She’s suing for more than $300,000.
Hampton says it is important for her to come forward, because the issue is bigger than her. “Not all of those women have been able to come forward as I have,” she said, reading from a prepared statement. “But they are watching closely to see how this case is handled. It is my hope that by filing suit, I can create space for more women to feel that their voices can be heard.”
A spokesperson for the Speaker’s office denies all allegations.