Closing arguments will be heard tomorrow morning in the trial of the civil case against the city of San Diego and its former Mayor, Bob Filner.
The suit was filed by Stacy McKenzie, a manager for the City Parks and Recreation department. She claims in April 2013, Filner grabbed her from behind at a parks event and touched her inappropriately.
Tuesday the defense wrapped up its side of the case. Jurors heard testimony Tuesday detailing a change made to the City of San Diego’s sexual harassment prevention training in the wake of allegations against the former mayor.
Former Director of Human Services Scott Chadwick testified that he personally informed Filner about taking the city’s sexual harassment prevention training within the first six months of his administration.
Chadwick said he followed up with Filner about the training and received no response.
Stacy McKenzie, a manager for the City Parks and Recreation department, claims that in April 2013, Filner grabbed her from behind and touched her inappropriately.
Chadwick testified he was called to a meeting with another city employee who had complained Filner belittled her, yelled at her, screamed at her and threatened to remove her from her position.
Under cross-examination, he was again asked about training.
“At that time, I did not realize the mayor had not taken sexual harassment training,” Chadwick said.
“The city really doesn’t have a procedure in place to determine if new employees take sexual harassment training,” he added.
Jurors also heard Filner never took the training, even though witnesses from the city’s Human Resources Department said they told him to take it. Judy Von Kalinowski testified the HR department was told the Mayor’s office would be the one to schedule the training, not anyone else.
Now the city does have a way to determine whether new employees took the training.