Mayor Bob Filner won’t be the only one on the hook if women who accuse him of sexual harassment file lawsuits.
The city is likely to be hit with hefty legal bills.
As mayor, Filner interacts with dozens of city employees and residents each week, and three of the mayor’s former allies suggested Monday that some may pursue sexual harassment claims against him.
Attorneys who specialize in employment and personal injury law say any legal claims that reflect those contacts will probably also be delivered to the city, meaning taxpayers could pay thousands or perhaps even millions of dollars for attorneys and possible settlements.
“If there are claims filed, it’s an expensive and time-consuming process for everyone. There’s just no getting around that,” said Benjamin Bunn, an attorney who has squared off against the city in several civil cases.
And the city will be liable even if Filner resigns or is booted from office through a recall.