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Second Filner Harassment Settlement Will Include Apology From City

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Joined by attorney Gloria Allred, Peggy Shannon, 67, accuses Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances at a press conference, Aug. 15, 2013.

The city of San Diego has resolved a legal claim by a female employee who alleged sexual harassment by disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, the City Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

The claim was filed by Peggy Shannon, a great-grandmother who worked at the Senior Services desk in the lobby of City Hall.

Shannon will receive an apology from the city. Also, Monday will be proclaimed "Peggy Shannon Day" in San Diego.

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All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

"All of the parties agreed with Ms. Shannon that this was the way to resolve her claim," City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said. "Receiving an apology is important to Peggy Shannon, and honoring her allows us to express our respect for her and her courage."

Her lawyer, Los Angeles-based women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, is expected to accompany Shannon to the City Council meeting.

The resolution was the second for the city in a Filner-related case in 10 days.

On Feb. 10, the City Council approved a $250,000 outlay to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson. It was negotiations over her litigation that led Filner to step down on Aug. 30.

McCormack Jackson, also represented by Allred, alleged the then-mayor told her she should work without her panties on, that he wanted to see her naked and that he was eager to "consummate" their relationship.

She also contended that Filner demanded kisses and put his arm around her and dragged her along in a headlock while making sexual remarks.

Filner pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery and was sentenced in December to three years probation, including three months of home confinement.

Goldsmith said state law holds the city as an employer strictly liable for sexual harassment conduct of a supervisor, including the mayor, directed at a city employee.

Shannon, whose current job status with the city was not immediately clear, alleged that Filner repeatedly asked her out and one time grabbed her and kissed her on the lips. She also contended that he walked by her after the first sexual harassment allegations were lodged and put his finger to his lips.

Two other lawsuits regarding Filner are pending.

Stacy McKenzie, a city employee like McCormack Jackson, contends the ex-mayor grabbed her from behind, put her in a headlock and rubbed her breasts at an event at a city park.

Michelle Tyler was seeking help for a friend, a Marine veteran, when she says Filner demanded a personal and sexual relationship.

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Missionaccomplished | February 21, 2014 at 9:07 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Chubby fetish much, Feelner?

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Missionaccomplished | February 21, 2014 at 9:08 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Peggy Shannon Day???

Insane Diego.

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bbqstud | February 21, 2014 at 9:33 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Filner was in office in San Diego for less than a year and has sexually assaulted many women. He was a Representative for 19 years here in San Diego and nobody complained and I find it hard to believe that he was a good boy all of that time. I'm wondering what gives? Also he was preceeded by Cunningham and suceeded by Juan Vargas (who, I believe is now suspected of taking campaign money from people he should not have) so I guess he is in good company.

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Abe A | February 21, 2014 at 12:31 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Having a day named after you for getting harassed is a complete joke.

I get it, the city probably saved a monetary settlement by doing it, but it's still a joke.

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DonWood | February 21, 2014 at 2:46 p.m. ― 3 years ago

If Allred got half of McCormick's cash settlement, will she get half of the apology too?

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DonWood | February 21, 2014 at 2:57 p.m. ― 3 years ago

"Goldsmith said state law holds the city as an employer strictly liable for sexual harassment conduct of a supervisor, including the mayor, directed at a city employee."
This is the exact opposite of what Goldsmith reportedly told the city council when he convinced the council to vote to not defend Filner from the charges against him. At that time he reportedly told council members that the city could not be held responsible for the mayor's actions. Which is it?

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laplayaheritage | February 21, 2014 at 5:39 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Prior Peggy Shannon has changed her story on the location where former Mayor Filner gave her a hug without permission.

First she stated the location of the hug without permission was when she was behind her desk, which is behind a counter. It is impossible for anyone to reach over both the counter and the desk. Hugs cannot take place with people on two different sides of the same large counter.

After no video of the incident was found, Peggy Shannon changed the location of the hug without permission somewhere in the Civic Center Plaza.

Now its back to the desk/counter.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 22, 2014 at 10:47 a.m. ― 3 years ago

This reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer has a big lawsuit against the tobacco companies, but, to his lawyer's chagrin, he decides to settle for a huge billboard in Times Square with his picture on it dressed-up as the Marlboro man instead of money.

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