California law requires all new managers to receive sexual harassment training within six months of being hired and every two years thereafter.
The six Council members elected before last fall all received training in November 2011. Councilmen Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey, who were elected in June 2012 and took office at the same time as Mayor Bob Filner, completed their training in March.
Filner didn’t do his training until earlier this month, missing the six-month deadline. His lawyer, Harvey Berger, contends in a letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith that the city’s failure to provide training to the mayor makes the city liable for the mayor’s legal bills in his sexual harassment lawsuit. Berger says that training for the mayor was scheduled but then “unilaterally cancelled” by the city’s trainer and never rescheduled.