San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, currently embroiled in a sex scandal that won't stop getting worse, didn't do much to help his quest to win over public opinion today by releasing a memo on office attire. After careful consideration, the mayor wants every day to be casual Friday:
To All City Employees:
The Mayor has suggested and I concur, that as we move into the hot days of August, September and October, we should extend business casual attire usually saved for Fridays to all workdays through October 31, 2013.
If you are scheduled for meetings or other activities that require business attire, I will continue to expect you to dress in an appropriate manner. This is especially true when attending City Council meetings, committee meetings or other meetings which involve public participation. I also understand that business casual attire may not be appropriate for all working environments. Please be sure to speak with your supervisor should you have any questions about whether it is acceptable to wear casual business attire to specific meetings or other work activities.
As always, each Appointing Authority is responsible for establishing appearance guidelines within their respective areas. Please contact the Human Resources Department should you have any questions about what constitutes business casual attire.
I hope you are all having a great summer.
Walt Ekard, Interim Chief Operating Officer
via Citywide Internal Communications Team
Supervisors: Please post this message for any employees who do not have access to City email.
Filner faces sexual harassment accusations from eight women, including former employees, who allege that the mayor routinely makes inappropriate sexual comments, and tries to touch and kiss, women without their consent. Filner, who has said that he'd prefer to undergo therapy instead of resigning, will be sued by his own city for any legal fees incurred in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him. In the meantime, the mayor may want to at least stay away from any indication that he's thinking about the clothing choices of his employees.