sex-harassBob Filner, former Mayor of San Diego, has once again made headlines for the wrong reasons.  Another plaintiff, Jeri Dines, has come forward and filed a lawsuit against Filner alleging sexual battery, sexual harassment and gender violence.

According to the lawsuit the incident occurred during a public event in May of 2013.  Filner, who was still Mayor at the time, allegedly touched the plaintiff in an inappropriate manner and his bodyguards (also city employees) did nothing to prevent or stop the assault.  The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses and physical and emotional distress as a result of the incident.  Dines also wants the bodyguards and the city to share in the accountability as the city of San Diego boasts a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment and misconduct.

This certainly isn’t Filner’s, or the bodyguards, first brush with the legal system.  More than a dozen women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the former Mayor and one other plaintiff has also pointed a finger at bodyguards who ignored the former Mayor’s indecent behavior.

Filner has played the role of defendant in lawsuits that resulted in a settlement of more than a quarter million dollars and a guilty plea for false imprisonment and sexual battery over the course of the last eighteen months.  This history doesn’t bode well for the city in this latest lawsuit and will likely be brought up by the plaintiff’s attorneys in an effort to secure a settlement.

Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are serious issues that require quick action and severe punishment.  If you have been sexually harassed by a boss, coworker or official you need to reach out to an experienced attorney.  An experienced California personal injury attorney can review the details of your story and develop the best course of action in order to see that you receive justice.

California law prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. California laws for Fair Employment and Housing make it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire, employ, or select for a training program leading to employment, any person because of that person’s “race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation.”

There are two forms of sexual harassment claims in California: “Quid Pro Quo” harassment, where employment or some aspect of employment requires the victim to receive unwanted sexual advances, or “Hostile Work Environment,” in which harassment is so pervasive that it alters the conditions of employment and creates an abusive work environment.

What Are Some Examples of Sexual Harassment?

  • Derogatory comments or slurs
  • Repeated romantic overtures, sexual comments, jokes, prying into personal affairs
  • Repeated unwanted sexual advances
  • Unwanted groping, touching, rubbing, brushing up, or similar actions
  • Aggressive body contact, such as forced kissing, hugging, or fondling of private areas
  • Comments offering sexual or romantic favors or activities
  • Pressure to go to lunches, dinners, coffee-breaks, or dates
  • Threats of physical violence
  • Physical harassment, such as assault, or physical interference with movement or work
  • Visual harassment, such as derogatory cartoons, drawings, or posters, lewd gestures, or leering.

AXIS Legal Counsel is an employment law firm representing clients  in numerous kinds of lawsuits and disputes involving some of the nation’s largest employers. Whether it is sexual harassment, other kinds of harassment, discrimination, medical/disability discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wage/hour, workplace bullying, or other claims, AXIS Legal Counsel is experienced in the field of employment and labor law and focused on providing high-quality legal service.  AXIS’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” by SuperLawyers, and is a Los Angeles Employment Attorney with experience representing numerous employees with a wide variety of employment claims.

For information on retaining AXIS Legal Counsel for any employment matter, contact or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation, or visit our Employee’ Rights Practice Area, or Individual Rights Portal. AXIS is a Los Angeles, California employment law firm serving employees all over Los Angeles and California.

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