State Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing confirms another complaint filed against Filner
Claim is employment-related
Last Updated: 115 days ago
SAN DIEGO - The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing confirmed Wednesday that another complaint has been filed against Mayor Bob Filner.
The complaint, which is employment-related, was filed on Aug. 7. No additional details were released because the complaint is under investigation.
So far, 14 women have accused Filner of sexual harassment, ranging accusations of unwanted advances to groping and kissing. He has apologized for mistreating women and sought treatment at a behavioral treatment center, but has denied that his actions constitute sexual harassment.
The list of alleged victims includes two municipal employees, including McCormack Jackson, who is being represented by Los Angeles women's rights attorney Gloria Allred and has sued Filner and the city, and two women who said Filner made passes at them last year at a meeting of veterans who were raped in the military. One of the complainants is a retired rear admiral.
In addition to sexual harassment, Filner has been accused of shaking down developers. 10News learned a subpoena was issued to Lee Burdick, Filner's chief of staff, to have her testify under oath and provide her notes about issues involving Sunroad Centrum Partners, a developer that paid $100,000 to the city -- allegedly at the behest of Filner -- before its project was approved. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI.
Filner is also under scrutiny after a Team 10 investigation looked into a recent trip to Paris and his use of city credit cards at a downtown hotel.
The mayor said he went to Paris in June at the behest of the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, a group with which he was involved while a congressman. Last month, he said he would return $9,800 to the group because it wasn't properly registered as a nonprofit with the Internal Revenue Service.
While the city didn't pick up the cost of Filner's trip, members of his security detail racked up a bill estimated to be around $22,000 in public funds.
Team 10 reported that investigators have zeroed in on city credit card expenditures at The Westgate Hotel, located across the street from the City Administration Building.
All nine members of the City Council, both of California's senators and other local civic and business leaders have called for the mayor to step down immediately. He has refused.
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