Bob Filner reaches tentative sexual harassment settlement

The lawsuit had been filed by a former aide to Filner, who has pushed for the deal to involve his resignation

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 22, 2013 1:53PM (EDT)

Bob Filner has reached a tentative deal to settle a sexual harassment suit filed against him by a former aide -- just one of 18 sexual harassment allegations that have been made against the San Diego mayor.

Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's former communications director and the woman who filed the lawsuit, has been pushing for the settlement deal to involve his resignation.

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

One of the sticking points of the negotiations had been how much taxpayers would be on the hook for his alleged misdeeds which is why Council President Todd Gloria and Councilman Kevin Faulconer were involved in the negotiations.

The proposal before the council is said to center on covering Filner’s liabilities in exchange for his resignation. It is not clear whether any financial demands from Jackson would be resolved with the pending proposal or handled separately.

The City Council must now consider the proposal, which it will do on Friday. “The City Council has not heard of this proposal and our process at City Hall as well as the mediation process requires that we maintain the confidentiality of the proposal until they have heard of it,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said. “This is the process we follow. Any rumors you hear about the proposal you may deem to be untrue because the people standing here are the ones who know of it and we have all committed to Judge Irving that we will maintain the confidentiality of the mediation.”

Jillian Rayfield

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