Filner’s lawyer: The city should pay his legal fees because … they never gave him sexual harassment training

posted at 7:11 pm on July 31, 2013 by Allahpundit

Not even Weiner would try this. Not even Anthony Weiner, who’s running for mayor of the greatest city in the world seemingly as a pretext to talk to groups of reporters about how much ass he’s getting online, would stoop to claiming that he required formal instruction on how not to assault women.

I think I’m done, guys. When you find yourself writing about people whose morals compare unfavorably to Carlos Danger’s, you’ve consumed too much news. I need a more savory work environment, like, say, a prison. Hopefully Filner gets there first.

“The city failed to provide such training to Mayor Filner,” Filner’s lawyer Harvey Berger wrote in a July 29 letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. “In fact, it is my understanding that such training was scheduled, but the trainer for the city unilaterally cancelled, and never re-scheduled such training for the Mayor (and others.) Therefore, if there is any liability at all, the city will almost certainly be liable for ‘failing to prevent harassment’ under Government Code Section 12940(k).”…

“While, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, many might argue that ‘you don’t need a weatherperson to tell you which way the wind blows,’ and an adult male should not need sexual harassment training, I would point out that in his decades of public service for the people of San Diego as a U.S. Representative, Mayor Filner has never received sexual harassment training,” Berger writes. “This is not an excuse for any inappropriate behavior which may have occurred, but having conducted sexual harassment training many times over the years, I have learned that many – if not most- people do not know what is and what is not illegal sexual harassment under California law. There is a very, very good reason for mandatory sexual harassment training; if nothing else it makes people think about the subject, and how they interact with their fellow employees. Had the City provided mandatory sexual harassment training to Mayor Filner, [former spokeswoman] Irene McCormack Jackson may never have brought her lawsuit.”

He didn’t know? Jackson claims he once put her in a headlock and told her another time that it’d be better if she worked without her panties on. And not only that:

While reviewing a draft press release in June, Filner allegedly asked McCormack for a kiss and said, “I am infatuated with you. When are you going to get naked?” When she asked him to leave her office, the lawsuit says he responded, “I can go anywhere I want, any time I want.”

Did he think that was a legal “gray area”?

Let’s hope he received formal training at some point on not exposing himself publicly or taking dumps on people’s lawns or else this story might be about to get much, much worse. In lieu of an exit question, here’s Carney at today’s briefing checking the no-comment box when asked about Filner. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt in assuming that he thinks this is, at least, a real scandal. Unlike, say, Benghazi and the IRS.


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Frankly, I don’t think he needs any training.

He seems to have been able to sexually harass women just fine without training on how to do it better.

ProfShadow on July 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Filner’s lawyer: The city should pay his legal fees because … they never gave him sexual harassment training

did the city provide him with directions to the lunchroom? the parking lot? the mens room?
If no, then fuggedabout it, filcher…

ted c on July 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Mayor Feltherup is not to blame….its the system.

I bet he didn’t even really you know kill any of these gals (that probably asked for it).

Demowarongalspalooza continues!!!

PappyD61 on July 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM

That picture is going to give me nightmares. What a scumbag.

sadsushi on July 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Training?! He’s got a conscience, doesn’t he? Oh. Wait…..

SailorMark on July 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

What an ASSHOLE!

GarandFan on July 31, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Good Lord – there really isn’t much hope anymore is there?

gophergirl on July 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

That picture is going to give me nightmares. What a scumbag.

sadsushi on July 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

He looks like the Joker’s grandfather.

Wethal on July 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Jeez, that picture is horrifying! It’s like looking into the face of pure perverted liberalism made incarnate! Brrrrrrrrrr!

squint on July 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

It would be vastly cheaper to hire a regular hooker for this guy.

That combined with a bucket of cold water three times per day just might stablize the situation.

KirknBurker on July 31, 2013 at 7:21 PM

That’s his “O” face…

… Enjoy ladies.

Seven Percent Solution on July 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Next it will be he had no formal potty training.

docflash on July 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I guess Filner missed all those things liberal feminists and other Democrats have been saying since the 80s about a man keeping his hands to himself.

Can we class him as a LIP — Low Information Politician?

Liam on July 31, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I am not a parent but I feel for parents of young kids. Can’t even let the kids watch some news.

terryannonline on July 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I guess the lack of training is a chink in his armor.

SailorMark on July 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Just when you think that Filthy Filner is the lowest form of life on earth his lawyer proves you wrong.

myiq2xu on July 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Oh my…
Now we know what Botox Pelosi’s backend looks like…

Electrongod on July 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Filner has always been a creep of the highest order. I used to attend his campaign events when he was a congressman just to heckle and jeer him. He hated us…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I know a wee bit about training. Had it been my better half on the other side of his disgusting behavior, I can assure you said training would have been plentiful and completely free.

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I would point out that in his decades of public service for the people of San Diego as a U.S. Representative, Mayor Filner has never received sexual harassment training,”

Hard to believe Pelosi wouldn’t have insisted on this.

Wethal on July 31, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Perv-Off…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

“The city failed to provide such training to Mayor Filner,” Filner’s lawyer Harvey Berger wrote in a July 29 letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

Who is the city? San Diego is a Strong Mayor form of government.

An excerpt from San Diego’s Code, Section 265, The Mayor:

“(b) In addition to exercising the authority, power, and responsibilities formally conferred upon the City Manager as described in section 260, the Mayor shall have the following additional rights, powers, and duties:
(1) To be the chief executive officer of the City;
(2) To execute and enforce all laws, ordinances, and policies of the City, including the right to promulgate and issue administrative regulations that give controlling direction to the administrative service of the City. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted or applied to add or subtract from powers conferred upon the City Attorney in Charter sections 40 and 40.1;”

Government Code Section 12940(k) refers to California Code. It seems to me that the City’s proxy is [drumroll] the Mayor and as such it was the Mayor’s duty execute and enforce his receipt of the manual and the training that he, as an employee, was required to have and which he knew all along that he had received neither.

Considering the circumstances, I would argue Filner willfully and purposely evaded his duty so as to engage in misconduct and possibly criminal conduct.

Dusty on July 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

But…Did he have any slutbags as interns?

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Jerry Sandusky…

Seven Percent Solution on July 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

FilthyFilner Lootery Fail!!

canopfor on July 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

This is not a Democrat War on Women. It’s more like a “Police Action” on Women with “searches” and stuff.

oldroy on July 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Good grief but that is one scary man!!!

ladyingray on July 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

why does his face look like that

why does his face look like that

why does his face look like that

Sachiko on July 31, 2013 at 7:35 PM

That’s his “O” face…

… Enjoy ladies.

Seven Percent Solution on July 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Lol,and uncomfortable!

canopfor on July 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Seven Percent Solution on July 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I’ll take one Ron Livingston to go…and I hope that Santa leaves you a stocking full of fire ants.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

“Wait till they get a load of me.”

BKeyser on July 31, 2013 at 7:37 PM

That’s what Mephisto looks like.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 7:37 PM

I guess the lack of training is a chink in his armor.

SailorMark on July 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I just snorted water out my nose.
Thank you so much. ///

annoyinglittletwerp on July 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Maybe Filner will sue the city for millions, for not training him.

Leftist rats are capable of anything. Destroy them or they’ll destroy you.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Ignorance is no excuse under the law. Isn’t that what the cops tell you when they stop your for an infraction you didn’t know you had committed. OTOH they will probably find a reliably leftist judge to say it can’t be held liable because he was ignorant of the law.

chemman on July 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

The man is 70 years old and was a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

He doesn’t know what sexual harassment is?

LOL

LOL

LOL

LOL

LOL

LOL

Resist We Much on July 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Filner’s lawyer: The city should pay his legal fees because … they never gave him sexual harassment training

Because it’s the city’s fault for not knowing he is a pervert unable to restrain himself.

Let’s hope he received formal training at some point on not exposing himself publicly or taking dumps on people’s lawns or else this story might be about to get much, much worse.

+∞.

Based on what is now known, it would hardly be surprising if he has done either, or both.

rukiddingme on July 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Good heavens, why is it that liberal men and women get so utterly f*cking ugly and creepy looking? WTF? Internalizing that ideology turns them into a reverse portrait of Dorian Gray – *they* become the canvas that grows increasingly revulsive with time.

Midas on July 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Midas on July 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Filner was just as ugly and repulsive 30+ years ago…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Filner/Weiner, or

Weiner/Filner — 2016

The ‘War on Womens’ began in 2012…might as well finish it.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Bmore@ 7:27. Stole my thunder. Had it been my wife in this environment,, he’d had gotten his training. 5 minute class would have been enough.

By the way, does he have a wife?

wolly4321 on July 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Filner and Weiner’s anus are twins separated at birth…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

By the way, does he have a wife?

wolly4321 on July 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

No, no he doesn’t…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I’m not one to blame parents for everything, but what kind of upbringing did this jackhole have?

RebeccaH on July 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Filner’s lawyer: The city should pay his legal fees

Or in other words: ME.

Gall.

BigWyo on July 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I’m not one to blame parents for everything, but what kind of upbringing did this jackhole have?

RebeccaH on July 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Apparently he wasn’t reared to respect women…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

wolly4321 on July 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Lol! Sorry. Say, we could enjoy more than five minutes of it. ; )

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Just when you think our politicians couldn’t possibly be more despicable than they were yesterday …BOOM. I may have to not read about these idiots for a while lest my head explode. Nobody I know wants to clean that up.

scalleywag on July 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I’m not one to blame parents for everything, but what kind of upbringing did this jackhole have?

RebeccaH on July 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

This isn’t the fault of the parents, it IS the fault of the progressives….

ladyingray on July 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

And San Diego voted for him. Let them pay for it good and hard.

vityas on July 31, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Obama should get a 3rd term because no one taught him anything about economics prior to his first 2 terms.

Basilsbest on July 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Filner and DWS would make some uhh, interesting looking children…
/

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

If nothing else, proof that he’s too stupid to be a mayor.

TimBuk3 on July 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

people do not know what is and what is not illegal sexual harassment under California law.

Really? That’s his excuse?

Damn. I don’t know what’s in that 2,000 page, 50 pound festering pile of donkey shit called Obamacre. But let me be in violation of one of the multitude of arcane provisions in that steaming heap and I’ll find myself staring through my peephole at one Lois Lerner’s jackbooted thugs.

The only cure for that pervert is to lock him in a room for 6 months with a naked Madeline Albright and Maxine Waters.

BacaDog on July 31, 2013 at 8:13 PM

RE: Photo….that is the devil.

albill on July 31, 2013 at 8:24 PM

They can’t ever take responsibility for their own actions. It’s always someone else’s fault. These people are truly pathetic.

Oldnuke on July 31, 2013 at 8:28 PM

The city should pay his legal fees because … they never gave him sexual harassment training

Just harkening back to Bill Clinton. Who was poised to claim immunity from prosecution for perjury because as Commander-in-Chief of the military he was covered by the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act provisions designed so that troops in war wouldn’t be expected to appear back home for civil matters.

Bill Clinton really destroyed any sort of morality in public office. That is a true fact that Weiner and Filner are merely expanding on with their actions.

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Put this picture side by side with the one of the Grinch, right when he concocts his plan to impersonate Santa…separated at birth (apologies to the Grinch, of course)…

ellifint on July 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Hey, I’ve never had any training in not cooking and eating kids. . .

rbj on July 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I have learned that many – if not most- people do not know what is and what is not illegal sexual harassment under California law.

So it takes an understanding of the nuances of California law to come to the realization that telling a woman to work panty-free is inappropriate behavior. I always knew that a California education was a third world experience advertised as being “world class” by marketing. Thia proves it.

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Hey, I’ve never had any training in not cooking and eating kids. . .

rbj on July 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Here, read this…..Oh! You said NOT cooking and eating…

Oldnuke on July 31, 2013 at 8:38 PM

The facts indicate he had plenty of hands-on training.

Christien on July 31, 2013 at 8:51 PM

This guy didn’t have a mother?

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Anthony Weiner, who’s running for mayor of the greatest city in the world

WTF???? I thought he was running for mayor of NYC????

SansJeux on July 31, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Can you please change the cover photo?
That guy – especially that photo – gives me the creeps just lookin at him…..

dentarthurdent on July 31, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Anything to make the public pay for Democrat harrassment behavior. You’d think the Dems were poor :-(

Remember the top 10 zip codes as to income, vote Democrat. They take care of their own at OUR expense.

MN J on July 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Filner was educated in Pittsburgh and at Cornell, for what it’s worth.

Christien on July 31, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Typical liberal mentality that the state is responsible for all behavior.

Why people vote for those morons is the real scandal.

pedestrian on July 31, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Well, then, that precludes Filner using the Steve Martin Defense: “I Forgot.”

Christien on July 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Just yank his sparkplugs. Problem solved.

John the Libertarian on July 31, 2013 at 9:29 PM

ellifint on July 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Perfect. May use the idea. ; )

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 9:49 PM

why does his face look like that

why does his face look like that

why does his face look like that

Sachiko on July 31, 2013 at 7:35 PM

…he just pulled it…out of Nancy Pelosi’s a$$!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2013 at 10:50 PM

While, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, many might argue that ‘you don’t need a weatherperson to tell you which way the wind blows…

Ugh! (Emphasis added.) If you’re gonna quote the Master’s iambs, at least try to quote them accurately:

It doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Tzetzes on July 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Hey, Mr.Allah. There is a problem with the photo used on this thread. Somebody mixed up a pic of The Joker with that pervy San Diego Mayor.

BigAlSouth on August 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Anthony Weiner, who’s running for mayor of the greatest city in the world

Greatest city in the world? Maybe you need to get out more AP ;)

DarkCurrent on August 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

The man does have a terrifying face… He should never smile. The nightmares.

Karmashock on August 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM