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Did Filner ever take anti-sexual harassment training?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The state requires that all businesses with 50 or more full-time, part-time and temporary employees must provide sexual harassment training.

On July 11, Mayor Bob Filner said, "my staff and I will participate in sexual harassment training provided by the city."

So the question is, did the City of San Diego drop the ball and not require the mayor to get the training required.

"With Irene coming out confirming a lot things said it made a lot of people think now he has to go time to do it but I don't think it's in the mayor DNA," said City Council Member Scott Sherman.

After Monday's big developments, District 7 City Council Member Scott Sherman isn't afraid to say the mayor of America's Finest City needs to take a leave of absence.

"Because if this was an employee and these allegations were out there, that person would be dismissed from their job pending outcome that's where we should be at this point and time," continued Sherman.

Irene McCormack Jackson says she endured months of harassment from Mayor Filner while serving as his communications director.

News 8 has learned just one day prior to Filner's video apology to the city. The mayor along with the city attorney and human resources director signed and issued a memorandum to all city employees about sexual harassment in the workplace.

The memo lays out what signs to look for, such as "unwelcomed touching, hugging or massaging."

News 8 tried to contact the city's human resources department to inquire whether or not the mayor ever took the sexual harassment training, but our emails and calls were not returned.

According to one city worker, all San Diego city employees are required to take an online two hour sexual harassment training every two years.

Whether the mayor took the training or not it remains to be seen.

"The mayor admitted to acting inappropriately disrespecting woman therefore I'm going to get sexual harassment training. So to me that's an admission of guilt why do you need due process when you came out and said I have a problem," explained Sherman.

Like Filner Council member Sherman took office in December of 2012. And Sherman has a copy of his certificate of completion for taking the sexual harassment training.

So where's Filner's?

"I really think it just needs to stop and the mayor needs to do what's right resign and live up to what he said needing to get help dealing with the monster inside him which was his quote," Sherman said.

Irene McCormack Jackson is the first woman to publically claim she had been sexually harassed by Mayor Filner.

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