NBC 7 News has obtained an internal memo distributed among city employees Friday explaining the City of San Diego’s policy against harassment in the workplace one week after the mayor publicly admitted to disrespecting and at times intimidating women.
The memo outlines the resources available to employees who believe the City’s EEO policies have been violated. Employees have eight avenues for reporting ranging from any supervisor and HR to state or federal agencies.
Newly-appointed Interim Chief Operating Officer Walt Ekard also released a two-minute recorded video introducing himself to employees.
On Monday, Filner announced the appointment of Ekard as one of the reasons he would not be resigning in the face of allegations that he inappropriately touched, groped and kissed constituents.
In a written statement, Filner said Ekard's appointment would make ensure the operations of city government "will not be negatively impacted" by any investigation that may result from the allegations.
In Ekard's video there was no direct reference to the allegations swirling around Mayor Filner. Instead he referred to the controversy around the mayor’s office as “distractions” and “demoralizing” news.
Ekard also vowed to have coffee talks with small, select group of employees and to stop by individual work stations to speak with employees.
City spokesperson Bill Harris said Ekard wanted to produce the video "to be sure that people know that it was a good time to focus on our work, a good time to re-commit ourselves to doing the best work we can and that he’s here to help,” Harris said.
As for the memo: “The motivation was to let people know that Mr. Ekard is fully aware what the rules, regulations and policies are, and that he’s committed to a safe and effective workplace for everyone,” Harris said.
Opponents say they will hold a rally Friday afternoon to encourage support of a recall effort.
The Democratic Party of San Diego County met Thursday evening and despite a split vote, decided not to demand that Filner resign.