Employment dispute brewing regarding Mayor Bob Filner

Fortunately, most Californians do not have to put up with sexual harassment on the job. Others, on the other hand, must be subjected to inappropriate treatment and behavior every single day. California residents who find themselves being treated unfairly by superiors can file an employment dispute to seek justice. Even employees in very low positions, and employees who work for powerful politicians and well-connected individuals, are protected by the law from sexual harassment.

Readers of this blog may have seen the recent news reports regarding allegations that the mayor of San Diego has been accused, anonymously, of sexual harassment. Recently, a woman has come forward to publicly accuse the mayor of harassment. The woman claims that the mayor asked her to work without wearing her underwear, he propositioned her for sex, and he wrapped his arm around her in a headlock position.

This recent public accusations against the mayor may open the door for lawsuits against him by staff members who worked for him, should any come forward to publicly file claims against him in an employment dispute. While the mayor has refuted any claims that he is guilty of sexual harassment, he has stated that he has not fully respected the women who he works with and the women who work for him. Nevertheless, the mayor has refused to resign from his position.

When a California resident finds him or herself humiliated by a constant onslaught of sexual harassment, inappropriate comments and requests for sexual favors from a superior co-worker, he or she may be able to pursue legal action against that person and/or the company they work for. Victims of sexual harassment who file an employment dispute may be eligible to receive compensation. Compensation may include back pay for lost wages, money for pain and suffering, and reinstatement of a former position - if they were fired from their job or demoted after reporting the inappropriate behavior.

Source: politico.com, "Harassment lawsuit filed vs. Bob Filner," Rebecca Elliott, July 22, 2013

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