Former campaign supporters of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have accused him of sexual harassment, and in some cases sexual assault, according to the Los Angeles Times. Filner has been accused of making sexually derogatory comments as well as forcibly grabbing the buttocks of female staffers and forcibly kissing them, with one such instance occurring in a closed elevator.
“There is no circumstance under which it would be appropriate for the mayor to enter into an elevator with my client or any person who he employed and to tell them that they would do a better job on that floor if they worked without their panties on,” said attorney Marco Gonzalez, who represents one of the women.
Filner has admitted to crossing some lines in an interview and a press conference following the allegations.
“My whole political career has been one of being an outgoing person,” Filner said. “And I have to deal with that, certainly, in a more self aware way.”
I think everyone can agree that there is a notable difference between an “outgoing personality” and what was alleged by these women. Men or women in a position of authority cannot use it as an excuse to accost employees in this manner. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have ever experienced anything like this.
Tip of the week: If you are harassed at work, keep a written document detailing the incidents with dates and times—it could be valuable to your case.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys