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The three major candidates hoping to be San Diego’s next mayor say no one has ever complained about workplace or sexual harassment claims against them in their careers.
Along with our media partners at NBC 7 San Diego, we asked City Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher about their history with harassment issues after numerous claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior led to the downfall of former Mayor Bob Filner.
Though the candidates said no one had leveled workplace or sexual harassment claims against them, Faulconer disclosed a discrimination complaint against him while he was student body president at San Diego State University nearly a quarter-century ago. Faulconer said that the complaint came from a student who claimed the interview process for a position with the student government was discriminatory.
“My recollection is the complaint was ultimately dismissed,” Faulconer said.
A half-dozen former employees of the candidates said they were good bosses, and said they had no firsthand knowledge of any sexual or other workplace harassment issues.
Both Alvarez and Fletcher said the city’s harassment rules were adequate, but that the city needs to do a better job creating a culture where harassment isn’t tolerated. Faulconer said he’d create a task force of human resources workers to review the city’s policies.
You can read the candidates’ full responses to our harassment and discrimination survey on NBC’s website. Here’s NBC’s story: