Ex-Staffer Files Sexual Harrassment Suit Against San Diego Mayor

A former communications director for the mayor of San Diego filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Monday alleging her ex-boss asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses and dragged her around in a headlock while whispering sexual advances.
July 24, 2013
 

A former communications director for the mayor of San Diego filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Monday alleging her ex-boss asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses and dragged her around in a headlock while whispering sexual advances.

Irene McCormack Jackson offered lurid details in the lawsuit making her the first person to publicly identify herself as the recipient of unwanted advances by Mayor Bob Filner.

Two weeks ago, some of his most prominent former supporters demanded that Filner resign after saying he had sexually harassed women.

McCormack, as she is known professionally, said at a news conference that she took a $50,000 pay cut to become the city's communications director in January — two months after Filner was elected to a four-year term as the city's first Democratic leader in 20 years. Before that, he spent 10 terms in Congress.

"I saw him place his hands where they did not belong on numerous women," McCormack said alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred, one of the most widely known civil rights attorneys in the country.

"He is not fit to be the mayor of our great city," McCormack added.

The lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court says McCormack resigned in June after a heated exchange between the mayor of the nation's eighth-largest city and Allen Jones, his deputy chief of staff, at a meeting when Jones told his boss that he needed "extreme therapy."

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