Council, City Attorney Current on Sexual Harassment Training

Council, City Attorney Current on Sexual Harassment Training

File photos by Sam Hodgson

Pictured: Councilman Scott Sherman (left) and Mayor Bob Filner. Both took office in December 2012. Sherman completed the city's sexual harassment training in March. Filner missed the six-month deadline.

All nine San Diego City Council members are current on their sexual harassment training – save Myrtle Cole, who was elected in May and still has until December to complete the training.

California law requires all new managers to receive sexual harassment training within six months of being hired and every two years thereafter.

The six Council members elected before last fall all received training in November 2011. Councilmen Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey, who were elected in June 2012 and took office at the same time as Mayor Bob Filner, completed their training in March.

Filner didn’t do his training until earlier this month, missing the six-month deadline. His lawyer, Harvey Berger, contends in a letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith that the city’s failure to provide training to the mayor makes the city liable for the mayor’s legal bills in his sexual harassment lawsuit. Berger says that training for the mayor was scheduled but then “unilaterally cancelled” by the city’s trainer and never rescheduled.

Goldsmith last received the training in October 2011.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman’s election date.

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Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon is senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He leads VOSD’s investigations and writes about how regular people interact with local government. What should he write about next? Please contact him directly at liam.dillon@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5663.

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Marie Humphrey
Marie Humphrey

I believe that Bob Filner's accusers are talking about events that happened before he was elected mayor. I am curious to know if any of the prior offices he held offered or required sexual harassment training and if he took part in any previous training at any of his previous jobs. Just saying that sexual training after the fact is a bit late for those already harassed. And really, shouldn't people know how to behave without formal training?

Don Wood
Don Wood

Here is a very basic question which any journalist should be able to find a yes or no answer to. The Mayor's attorney says that the city did not provide the mayor with sexual harassment training through no fault of the mayors. Is that assertion true or false. Please get readers a clear answer to that question, instead of going off on tangents. Thanks.

Don Wood
Don Wood subscriber

Here is a very basic question which any journalist should be able to find a yes or no answer to. The Mayor's attorney says that the city did not provide the mayor with sexual harassment training through no fault of the mayors. Is that assertion true or false. Please get readers a clear answer to that question, instead of going off on tangents. Thanks.

Diogenes
Diogenes

It appears to be true. The joutnalist cannot prove this fact at this point without depositions and records, but it appears to be admitted. There does not seem to be a controversy about the city's failure. The city has a mandatory duty that is non-delagable. Did you see where the city failed to maintain the Queen palms and one fell on a man who is now a paraplegic. The city tried to eliminate the costs by not maintaining. That cost 7.5 million. Goldsmith and Sanders paid private Los Angeles firms to defend a rogue cop who is now in prison. That cost $500, 000.