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Filner Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Gets 2015 Trial Date

Above: Mayor Bob Filner tells reporters he will enter a behavioral counseling clinic, July 26, 2013.

Trial of a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against the city of San Diego and disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled for Feb. 20 of next year.

Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's onetime communications director, alleges the then-mayor told her she should work without her panties on, that he wanted to see her naked and that he could not wait to consummate their relationship.

Filner allegedly also demanded kisses from McCormack Jackson and put his arm around her and dragged her along in a headlock while making sexual remarks.

It was mediation over her lawsuit that led the then-70-year-old mayor to resign last August after less than nine months in office. The City Attorney's Office agreed to defend Filner in exchange for his agreement to step down.

Superior Court Judge Richard Strauss set the trial date after lawyers for the city asked for the case to be heard in 2015. McCormack Jackson's attorney, Gloria Allred, argued for an earlier start.

"We'd like to have as early a trial date as possible so that our client and the city of San Diego can put this behind them," Allred said after the hearing. "But given the scheduling concerns and conflicts of counsel, of the court, this is the best trial date that we could get."

She said lawyers are collecting evidence and talking to experts. She said she hopes to depose Filner once he completes his term of house arrest.

The former 10-term congressman is serving three months in home confinement -- part of his three years of probation -- stemming from his guilty plea to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery. He was sentenced Dec. 9.

Two other women have sued Filner over his alleged misconduct.

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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Avatar for user 'laplayaheritage'

laplayaheritage | January 31, 2014 at 6:06 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Stacy McKenzie did not state he "rubbed her breast." She stated he put her in a headlock.

Supposedly Michelle Tyler call then Mayor Filner and went out on a date. Please investigate.

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Avatar for user 'laplayaheritage'

laplayaheritage | February 1, 2014 at 6:17 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

McCormack Jackson waited exactly 6 months from her hire on December 20, 2012 to the Mayoral Staff meeting on June 20, 2013 to go after the deep pockets of the City of San Diego for an alleged incident that happened months before.

Six months is a special deadline because someone in the Mayor's office cancelled the mandatory sexual harassment training, which was scheduled, then cancelled and not rescheduled until after the 6 month deadline was passed.

She worked for months after Filner's resignation with no problems, then decided she was unable to work.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 1, 2014 at 10:37 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Why does the article not say how much these women are suing for?

They should be awarded something for having to deal with this, but it should be around 5-10,000 each.

If they are trying to become millionaires off of this a la the tax payers of San Diego, then I would say they are using the situation to become rich as opposed to trying to be fairly compensated for what happened.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | February 1, 2014 at 10:56 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Excellent points made here. Why are they ALL "high profile" women??? I do not see a single working class woman here.

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