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San Diego: Today Is Peggy Shannon Day

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

The San Diego City Council on Monday is scheduled to honor a female employee who alleged sexual harassment by former Mayor Bob Filner.

A claim filed by Peggy Shannon, a great-grandmother who worked at the Senior Services desk in the lobby of City Hall when Filner was mayor, was resolved last week.

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

"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."

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 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.

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

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 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.

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.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | February 24, 2014 at 11:27 a.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

Note to Filner: if you're going to go down, go down for robbing the local B of A; not for shoplifting Russel Stover chocolates.

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laplayaheritage | February 24, 2014 at 12:01 p.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

One Woman’s Thoughts on ‘A Day of Honor’

http://sandiegofreepress.org/2014/02/one-womans-thoughts-on-a-day-of-honor/

“The Mayor targeted and preyed upon Peggy Shannon, a senior citizen who was employed at City Hall to help seniors. Peggy was there to do her job, but Mayor Filner seemed to think that she was there solely for his sexual pleasure and that she was fair game, even though she never gave him any reason to think that she would be interested in something other than a working relationship with him.”

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jv333 | February 24, 2014 at 1:22 p.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

This is certainly unfortunate. If the Mayor did this ... (Shannon 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.), it certainly is out of bounds and inappropriate. I hope there was at least one witness; because it sounds unbelievable given the totality off the circumstances. She worked in the lobby, correct?

It's also unfortunate in this day and age that a friendly and innocent hug or touching in the workplace of any kind can be misinterpreted and cause people to lose their jobs. I know of two instances where that happened.

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Missionaccomplished | February 24, 2014 at 6:17 p.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

JV 333, totally agree! What if it is a person from a Latin American or French cultural background where this is actually common, even among non-gay men??? Or people that are simply more . . . tactile???

Thank you for your Pandora's Box, post-New Left feminists!

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GuidoS | February 24, 2014 at 9:19 p.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

I'm not sure exactly why, but somethins' fishy about the allegations

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gruvrings | February 24, 2014 at 9:32 p.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

Recently moved here from Washington State to experience all the allegations plastered on the TV every morning. It was Filner garbage with the smirking of a Mayor pictured through all of it. I registered shortly after the groping days of the "feel more" was over.

Given the fact that it was processed according to federal and state laws, I would say that even if you think its commonplace in such cultures, hardly justify the means. Maybe you want to place yourselves outside of this issue but integrity is at stake in all positions of officials of city and state. Go put a dress on for a day and get over it.

She deserved an apology along with a day to remind "all of us" how humorless harassment can be. Happy Peggy Shannon Day - LADIES!

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Missionaccomplished | February 24, 2014 at 10:58 p.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

@GUIDO, from the looks of her, I'd say she was projecting--not that Feelner is any Mr. GQ!

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