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Former San Diego Mayor Settles Sexual Harassment Claims

Bob Filner, a former San Diego Mayor, was found guilty of sexually harassing two women who filed charges against him back in 2013. The City Council settled the lawsuit with an 8-0 vote, approving the payment of $99,000 to the plaintiffs Michelle Tyler and Katherine Ragazzino. The harassment began when Tyler went to see Filner about securing federal benefits for Ragazzino, who had suffered multiple injuries while serving as a Marine in Iraq.

Tyler, a nurse, was the caretaker of Ragazzino who suffered from a traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When meeting with Filner in June 2013, Tyler was told she would be given benefits “at a price” of a “personal and sexual relationship.” The two women filed a sexual harassment claim with the city, federal lawsuit, and a claim with the Navy to have the city reimburse Ragazzino’s medical care expenses related to the sexual harassment.

Filner was plagued with sexual harassment lawsuits beginning in July 2013 after being elected into office in November 2012. He was sentenced to three years probation and three months home detention. He was also ordered to pay $250,000 to former San Diego communications chief Irene McCormick Jackson, who also filed suit.

Sexual harassment is a violation of another person’s security and comfort. If you were sexually harassed and want to seek compensation for the emotional and psychological suffering you endured, contact the San Diego sexual harassment attorneys at Ritter & Associates. For more information on how we can help you, please call (619) 296-0123 today.

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