Should San Diego pay for its mayor's sexual harassment defense?

Mayor Bob Filner's lawyer says the city nixed sexual harassment training that could have kept his disgraced client out of trouble

Bob Filner
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been accused of sexually harassing eight women, which resulted last week in the spectacle of Filner announcing he would take some time off for "intensive therapy." But while Filner said he was responsible for his conduct, the city itself is not without blame, Filner's lawyer suggested this week.

Harvey Berger, Filner's lawyer, said that the city never held a mandatory sexual harassment training course for the mayor following his election last year, and that such training could have prevented Filner from engaging in the type of behavior that now has him facing a lawsuit for alleged sexual harassment. The city is to some degree liable in the case, Berger argued — meaning it should foot the resulting legal bills.

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