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Former California mayor faces sexual harassment lawsuit

News reports from Jan. 31 claim that a trial date has been set in the case claiming that former Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, committed sexual harassment. According to the reports, a woman claimed that the man grabbed her from behind, held her in a headlock, and rubbed her breasts while she was at an event they attended at a city park. According to the news, at least two other women have sued the man over alleged misconduct as well.

Sexual harassment on the job isn't acceptable, and as this story comes to light, it would seem that the two women named have cases that could lead to this man facing serious punishments. According to the news, the former 10-term congressman is currently serving three months in home confinement on probation due to a felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts for battery. He was sentenced for those crimes on Dec. 9, 2013, and now he will be facing sexual harassment charges in 2015.

According to one story, the then 70-year-old man allegedly told his communications director that she should work without her underwear on; he also allegedly stated that he wanted to see her naked. She claimed that the man held her in a headlock while making sexual remarks and demanded kisses from her. She even claims that he told her he couldn't wait to consummate their relationship.

Now, it's believed that the lawyers involved are collecting evidence for the case, which will be heard in February 2015. According to the woman's attorney, she would have preferred a hearing sooner, but 2015 was the soonest date available without scheduling concerns or problems with conflicts of counsel.

Source: CBS8, "Trial date set in Filner sexual harassment lawsuit" No author given, Jan. 31, 2014

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