An ECM special report finds Bob Filner had good cause to know the seriousness of sexual harassment claims—long before he was the target of complaints
By Nadin and Tom Abbott
August 2, 2013 (San Diego)— Amid mounting sexual harassment accusations against Mayor Bob Filner, including a civil lawsuit, on Wednesday Filner’s lawyer tried to place all the blame on the City of San Diego. In a letter to the City, attorney Harvey C. Berger wrote, “The City has a legal obligation to provide sexual harassment training to all management level employees within six months of hire.”
He also claimed in the letter that the “trainer for the City unilaterally cancelled and never rescheduled such training for the Mayor.” http://media.10news.com/image/Harvey_Berger_letter.pdf
But later, Voice of San Diego revealed, “Former city Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone said Filner’s office canceled several training sessions, which would have covered payroll, benefits and other employee and management roles and responsibilities, because the mayor’s office said it didn’t have time for them.” http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/31/sources-mayors-office-canceled-harassment-related-training-sessions/
So we decided to look a little deeper, and what we found was highly problematic.