Bob Filner, former mayor of San Diego, pleaded guilty to three criminal counts related to sexual harassment allegations on October 15. Filner resigned from his mayor position less than two months ago and has recently pled guilty to a felony count of false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery.
In August, at least 17 women claimed sexual harassment against Filner, causing his resignation. The women claimed he participated in inappropriate behavior such as groping, unwanted kissing and suggestive and lewd comments. Irene Jackson, Filner’s former communications director, filed a lawsuit against Filner for sexual harassment and more women came forward with similar allegations. The city offered to pay some of Filner’s legal fees if he resigned.
Filner has apologized to the city but still denies any claims of sexual harassment, blaming a “lynch mob” of the media and political opponents for his resignation.
Sexual harassment has become one of the most prevalent problems in the workplace and is sometimes extremely difficult to prove. A skilled labor law attorney can help you determine if you have experienced sexual harassment at work and who is at fault. Employers can be held accountable for sexual harassment, even if they are not aware it is happening. In addition, sexual harassment laws apply not only to women, but to men, gays and lesbians in some circumstances. Sexual harassment is also considered illegal even if both the harasser and victim are the same sex.
The California labor law attorneys at Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob can help secure compensation for those who have been harassed on the job. Contact our Los Angeles harassment lawyers today for a free consultation at (310) 273-3180.
Did You Know: Employers can be held accountable for sexual harassment whether or not they knew it was happening.
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