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November 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Survey Finds Sex Harassment Widespread: Fifty-two percent of the member companies of the American Management Assn. have dealt with allegations of sexual harassment in the past five years, and nearly 60% of the cases have resulted in disciplinary action against the offender, according to a November AMA survey. While 17% of the harassment claims were dismissed without action, 14% resulted in the dismissal of the offender, the survey found.
April 22, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
A lawsuit alleging that a former employee in L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander's office was sexually harassed by the lawmaker's top deputy can move forward, although the plaintiff may be required to identify herself, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. During a hearing, city attorneys asked Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis to dismiss the lawsuit filed last fall, arguing that the allegations did not qualify as harassment under the state's fair employment laws.
July 25, 1991
The county Sheriff's Department has overturned a decision and allowed three deputies accused of sexual harassment to resign instead of being fired. The department fired five deputies earlier this year after an investigation concluded that they had urged inmates at a jail in Castaic to commit obscene acts in front of Deputy Alyson A. Fox, 26, and pelt her with tomatoes and eggs. Three of the deputies--Gregory Held, Ronald N.
April 11, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and his attorney welcomed the completion of a confidential city investigation into sexual harassment claims against him, saying through a spokesman Friday that the findings supported their assertion that the allegations are "baseless. " The investigative firm Batza & Associates produced a report saying it did not find evidence to support former Huizar aide Francine Godoy's claim that the councilman engaged in discrimination, retaliation, harassment or the creation of a hostile work environment, according to a section of the report obtained by The Times.
It took Ship's Cook 1st Class Margaret Craft 38 years to talk about the dark side of her years as a Navy WAVE. Describing herself as a "virgin and a Christian" when she enlisted in 1944, the snowy-haired grandmother said the prevailing civilian opinion then was that the WAVES were "bad" for taking men's jobs. Within the Navy, that attitude sometimes turned violent. "We had a lot of girls raped," Craft said. Back then, she said, "no matter what happened, you kept your mouth shut.
A former employee of Tustin gynecologist Ivan C. Namihas filed a lawsuit against the beleaguered doctor Thursday alleging that he sexually abused and harassed her continually during her one-year employment.
April 5, 2000
Re "Female General Accuses Peer of Sex Harassment," March 31: Most women have experienced a good deal of sexual harassment by the time they reach the age of Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy. The harassment ranges from barely noticeable (perhaps because most of us develop thick skins about it) to quite outrageous. I am willing to bet that all of the unnamed sources expressing amazement, surprise and the like are men--men who don't get it. Oh, and just for the record: I've been married for over 30 years to a wonderful man. SUE GUILFORD Orange It seems to me that any woman who has achieved the exalted rank of general in the U.S. Army ought to have the gumption to ward off a little groping by a fellow officer.
March 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The city will pay $200,000 to end a sexual harassment claim against its first deputy mayor. City officials have agreed to settle the claim filed in Fresno County Superior Court by a former temporary employee who says she was harassed while working for Roger Montero. Karen Boquist says her ex-boss called her "love" and "sweetie" at the office, and told her about being sexually aroused after a dinner date. Montero resigned last April after City Manager Andy Souza said he would otherwise be fired for creating a hostile workplace environment.
April 22, 1999
Re "Sex Harassment Hard to Root Out in Sheriff's Dept.," April 18: I see only one way to shake the Sheriff's Department leadership and the county supervisors out of their tolerance of hostility toward women officers: Women who are harassed have to stop settling their claims and, instead, insist on going to trial. Make harassment as expensive and as embarrassing for the county as you possibly can, sisters. Take those Neanderthals all the way to court, collect huge awards, use the TV coverage to raise public awareness and use the money to support the fight of other women for respect.
October 29, 2013 | By David Zahniser and James Rainey
The woman who has accused Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar of engaging in sexual harassment filed a lawsuit Tuesday to keep the city from forcing her to provide testimony for a special committee investigating her harassment claims. Michael Eisenberg, the lawyer for former Huizar aide Francine Godoy, said his client received a subpoena last week instructing her to appear as part of an inquiry by the Special Committee on Investigative Oversight, a five-member panel convened last summer in response to her discrimination and sexual harassment complaint.
October 23, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Two members of the Los Angeles City Council called Wednesday for dramatic changes to the city's sexual harassment training, saying every employee should be required to take the sessions, not just managers. Council President Herb Wesson and Councilwoman Nury Martinez - the lawmaking body's only woman member - also said in their proposal that sexual harassment training should be done in person, not through the two-hour online sessions now required. Wesson said he did not view the proposal as a response to the high-profile sexual harassment lawsuits filed in recent weeks against Councilman Jose Huizar and John Lee, chief of staff to Councilman Mitchell Englander.
October 15, 2013 | Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
“Not one allegation has even been independently verified or proven in court. But the hysteria that has been created is the hysteria of a lynch mob.” - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, announcing his resignation on Aug. 23, 2013 “Guilty, sir….Guilty, sir….Also guilty, sir.” - Former Mayor Filner, in San Diego County Superior Court, pleading guilty to one felony false imprisonment charge and two misdemeanor battery charges on Oct. 15,...
September 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The harbor seals lounging on the beach in La Jolla have greater protection now from late-night drunks and others who would harass them. Farther north, the stink from bird guano on the shoreline rocks - once so powerful it sickened tourists, condo owners and restaurant patrons - has been greatly diminished. In his apologetic yet defiant resignation speech, Bob Filner touted both as achievements - bringing immediate mockery from his litigious adversary Gloria Allred.
August 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Although details of a mediation deal in Mayor Bob Filner's sexual harassment lawsuit have not been announced yet, it is increasingly clear that the settlement includes his resignation from office. Filner was seen Wednesday night loading boxes into an SUV parked outside City Hall -- and driven by a San Diego police officer, part of the mayor's security detail -- apparently after saying farewell to his staff and cleaning out his office. A special election would be held to fill the mayor's post.
August 13, 2013 | By David Zahnizer
An independent panel to investigate complaints lodged by city employees against the city's elected officials will be convened for only the fifth time  in what appears to be an effort to probe sexual harassment allegations against Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar. Council President  Herb Wesson  confirmed that he moved last week to convene the panel, though he declined to say which of the city's 18 elected officials is the target. The Times reported Monday that a woman who was until recently served as Huizar's deputy chief of staff has filed a workplace discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against the city and her former boss, according to information from the state agency that receives such complaints.
August 13, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - In his first response to the recall movement aimed at ousting him from office, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said in a statement that "now is not the time to go backwards. " Through his attorneys, Filner issued a statement late Monday to the recall committee set to begin gathering signatures Sunday to force an election. By city law, the committee must publish his statement in a local newspaper. In the statement, Filner made no mention of the accusations of sexual harassment lodged against him by 14 women, including a former staffer who has filed a lawsuit.
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