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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Bob Filner and key members of his staff didn't receive sexual harassment training until after the legally required date, and after the San Diego mayor's ex-communications director filed a lawsuit, it was reported Tuesday.
According to documents obtained by U-T San Diego under the California Public Records Act, Filner, current Chief of Staff Lee Burdick and Director of Binational Affairs Mario Lopez were among 20 who didn't receive the online training until July 23.
State law requires the training for public officials within six months after their hiring date. The newspaper reported that Burdick, originally hired as a legal adviser, missed the deadline by 41 days and Lopez by 50 days.
The July 23 date, listed in a city document that shows when employees completed the training, is one day after former mayoral Communications Director Irene McCormack Jackson sued Filner and the city, alleging repeated sexual harassment by the mayor.
The training doesn't just instruct staff on what kind of conduct is considered unacceptable in the workplace, but teaches victims how to step forward with a complaint, attorney Dan Gilleon told the newspaper.
The lawyer said that so many people in the office were late with their training shows that sexual harassment was not a priority at the top levels of city government.