Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced on December 9 to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for sexual harassment claims he pleaded guilty to in October. Filner pleaded guilty to one felony and two misdemeanors for placing a woman in a headlock, grabbing a woman’s rear end and kissing another woman without permission while serving as mayor of San Diego. Filner resigned after the allegations of sexual harassment went public and was facing a maximum of three years in prison for the felony and one year of jail for each misdemeanor.
Filner apologized to the victims of his harassment in court, though four months ago he claimed he was the victim of a “lynch mob” that was forcing him out of his mayoral position. Filner is not permitted to seek or hold elected office while on probation and a GPA tracking device will monitor his home confinement, beginning January 1. Nearly 20 women have publicly identified themselves as victims of Filner’s sexual harassment advances since the lawsuit was filed.
Sexual harassment has become an increasingly problematic issue in the workplace in the U.S. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, over 11,300 sexual harassment lawsuits were filed in 2011. In total, these lawsuits received more than $52 million in monetary benefits. A poll done in August 2013 by The Huffington Post found that one in five women have been sexually harassed by a boss or supervisor, and that while a total of 13 percent of respondents said they had been harassed by a boss or superior, 70 percent said they never reported it.
What if I am Being Sexually Harassed at Work?
The first step to stopping sexual harassment at work is reporting it. If you have complained internally at your job, but the harassment has not stopped and nothing has been done, our Los Angeles employment attorneys can help you file a claim. Get in touch with us today or connect with us on Facebook to schedule a consultation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys