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Former Ravinia Women’s Board member files ‘unfair’ termination lawsuit – Chicago Tribune


A longtime member of the Ravinia Festival Association Women’s Board of Directors is suing the music nonprofit and its executives for “wrongful” and “defamatory conduct” after the Board of Trustees expelled her from the labor board for alleged conduct violations.

Glencoe attorney Karen Ettelson, who has volunteered for the nonprofit since 1993, filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court last month, claiming she committed no conduct violations and that the organization’s bylaws do not authorize its Board of Trustees, president or executive. The committee will remove any member of the Women’s Board.

“I’ve been volunteering with this organization for 30 years, and this went away in a matter of days,” Ettelson said. “For the first time in 60 years, they dismissed a member of the Women’s Council.”

Founded in 1962, the Ravinia Women’s Board is a group of volunteers who participate in, promote and fundraise for the Ravinia Festival, where the rolling hills come alive each summer for musical events.

Originally established by the nonprofit’s board of directors, the women’s board was granted independence in 1972 and had its own board of directors, bylaws and treasurer, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is filed against the Ravinia Festival, the executive committee of the Ravinia Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Klein, and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Haydon, and lists eight complaints against the defendants, including defamation, interference with contract, and false light. invasion of privacy, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

“This case is not about me,” Ettelson said. “My case is about the fair, ethical and transparent conduct of investigations. “This is about the rights of volunteers everywhere, especially when it comes to membership, because this can happen to any volunteer at Ravinia.”

Lawyers representing Ettelson said they first tried to resolve the issue with the festival without filing a lawsuit. During that time, Herschman said, they would never get a “meaningful answer” from the nonprofit about what sparked the investigation.

“At this point we actually had to file suit to protect his reputation,” said Herschman Levison Hobfoll attorney Carrie Herschman. “What happened to Karen is absolutely disgusting. She was on the board for over 30 years. She did all these incredible things and was pushed away for no reason. It makes no sense to me.”

In a statement from the Ravinia Festival, the organization said the lawsuit allegations were “unfounded.”

“We conducted a thorough and fair investigation and took action accordingly,” the statement said. “We are committed to cultivating an organizational culture that includes staff, volunteers, and board members who take pride in supporting our mission, values, and standards of common courtesy and mutual respect.”

Last week, a former employee of Ravinia pleaded guilty and was convicted of stealing $230,000 from the organization while he was an employee. The festival organization said the two legal cases were “completely separate and unrelated”.


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