(SAN DIEGO) — Three women say they were mistreated by the mayor of the country’s eight largest city. One of them, formerly San Diego Democrat Mayor Bob Filner’s top spokesperson, stepped forward on Monday.
Attorney Gloria Allred announced Monday that Irene McCormick Jackson, Filner’s former communications director, had filed a lawsuit against the mayor alleging sexual harassment.
“Her job required her to suffer mayor Filner telling her that she should work without her panties on, that he wanted to see her naked, that he could not wait to consummate their relation,” Allred said, explaining how McCormick Jackson took a $50,000 pay cut to accept a position that ended up allegedly putting her in the direct path of Mayor Filner’s sexual advances.
Before accepting the role working for Filner, McCormick Jackson worked in San Diego as a journalist for 25 years and became the vice president for public policy for the port of San Diego, said Allred.
“Because of her outstanding background and experience she was appointed by Mayor Filner as communications director and part of his core team,” she said.
Filner maintains that he did not sexually harass anyone and has refused to resign.
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