Elected leaders overseeing MTS call for public transparency with the inquiry into allegations that a former employee was sexually harassed by Nathan Fletcher and wrongfully fired.
San Diego — Elected officials overseeing the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced Thursday they’re launching an independent investigation into legal allegations by a former employee that she was sexually assaulted by county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and then improperly fired by the agency.
The oversight panel also directed MTS staff not to provide any legal defense for Fletcher, who recently stepped down as the agency’s board chair.
The move comes as MTS staff prepare their legal defense against the lawsuit, which was filed in late March by former public relations officer Grecia Figueroa. The plaintiff is seeking compensation for lost wages, attorney fees and emotional distress.
Board members overseeing the agency said they voted in a closed-session hearing on Thursday to pursue their own probe in the spirit of transparency. The legal case may reach a confidential settlement agreement before it goes to trial.
“It’s the board’s intent that the findings of the investigation will be made public,” San Diego City Councilmember Stephen Whitburn, who replaced Fletcher as the acting MTS board chair, told reporters after the private meeting.