Filner: I Never Received Sex Harassment Training, So City May Be Liable


San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s attorney wrote a letter Tuesday asking the city to pay Filner’s legal fees on the basis that the mayor never underwent sexual harassment training, suggesting that the city is liable in Filner’s ongoing legal debacle, the L.A. Times reported.

“The city has a legal obligation to provide sexual harassment training to all management level employees,” wrote attorney Harvey Berger, regarding payment of the legal bills Filner has accrued in defense of the lawsuit filed by his former communications director. “I have learned that many — if not most — people do not know what is and what is not illegal sexual harassment under California law.”

The City Council voted 9-0 on Tuesday not to pay Filner’s bills. The same evening, an eighth woman came forward to say that Filner once gave her a “wet, saliva-filled kiss” on the cheek in a business meeting.


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