Sources say limited liability helped make deal for Mayor Bob Filner

Council to vote in closed session Friday afternoon

SAN DIEGO - As city councilmembers prepared to vote Friday on a settlement deal with Mayor Bob Filner that could lead to his resignation, sources told Team 10 city negotiators believed the city's liability in the sexual harassment lawsuit was limited.

Irene McCormack Jackson accused Filner of sexual harassment and hired attorney Gloria Allred to sue the mayor and the city.

But McCormack Jackson quickly found another job with the city for roughly the same amount of compensation, and because of that, sources said liability would be limited to any potential damages.

McCormack Jackson works as the director of communications in the human resources department. She had been appointed by Filner as his communications director.

When McCormack Jackson first came forward to publicly accuse Filner, she said she gave up a position as vice president with the Port of San Diego and took a $50,000 pay cut, so she could join Filner's administration. As communications director, McCormack Jackson made $125,000.

Exact details of the brokered deal will be reviewed and voted on by city council at a 1 p.m. meeting. Public comment will be accepted before council goes into closed session to vote on the deal.

On Thursday, Allred called a news conference and said she was not involved in any deal.

"The mayor's resignation should not be bought at the expense of his victims; it would be morally wrong," Allred said. She went on to call any agreement that pays Filner's attorney fees a "callous and unholy agreement."

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