Liam Dillon over at the Voice of San Diego writes Filner’s lawyer argued to the city that taxpayers should cover his fees because “Filner never received sexual harassment training required under the law.”
“The city failed to provide such training to Mayor Filner,” Filner’s lawyer Harvey Berger wrote in a July 29 letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. “In fact, it is my understanding that such training was scheduled, but the trainer for the city unilaterally cancelled, and never re-scheduled such training for the Mayor (and others.) Therefore, if there is any liability at all, the city will almost certainly be liable for ‘failing to prevent harassment under Government Code Section 12940(k).”
Of course, Filner did not receive training as a Congressman either. “I would point out that in his decades of public service for the people of San Diego as a U.S. Representative, Mayor Filner has never received sexual harassment training,” Berger writes.
Filner has been accused of putting women in headlocks, putting his hands inside someone’s shirts, playing grab ass, slobbering on someone’s cheek, and shoving his tongue down someone’s throat. The eighth woman to come forward alleged, “on the side of my face, I got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss, including feeling his tongue by my cheek.”