According to KFMB-TV, last week the San Diego City Council approved a $250,000 settlement outlay in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against it that led to the resignation of former Mayor Bob Filner.
The station reported that the lump-sum payment would resolve the city of all aspects of the litigation filed by Filner’s ex-communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson.
McCormack Jackson alleged in her lawsuit that Filner told her that she should work with no panties on and that he wanted to see her naked. She also claimed that he told her he was eager to “consummate” their relationship.
McCormack Jackson said that Filner demanded kisses and put his arm around her and dragged her along in a headlock while making sexual remarks. The lawsuit led Filner, who was in office for less than nine months, to resign in August 2013.
“California law holds the city as an employer strictly liable for sexual harassment conduct of a supervisor, including the mayor, directed at a city employee,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith told KFMB. “Legal liability may extend to physical and emotional injuries, loss of income and other costs — as well as attorney’s fees.”
Two other lawsuits filed against Filner are still pending. According to KFMB, Stacy McKenzie, a city employee, contends the ex-mayor grabbed her from behind, put her in a headlock and rubbed her breasts at an event at a city park. In addition, Michelle Tyler was seeking help for a friend, a Marine veteran, when she says Filner demanded a personal and sexual relationship.
Goldsmith said that those cases should be resolved soon.
How Do I Know If I Have Been Sexually Harassed?
Sexual harassment is challenging in the workplace. 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.
If you feel like you are being sexually harassed in the workplace, you should report 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 by calling 310-273-3180 or connect with us on Facebook to schedule a consultation.
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Did You Know? According to the Huffington Post, a boss or supervisor has sexually harassed one in five American female workers.