Nathan Fletcher’s Accuser Shares Workplace Sexual Harassment Experience on Blog
Former MTS Employee Posts Blog About Sexual Harassment Allegations Against San Diego County Supervisor
On April 29, 2023, former MTS Public Relations Specialist Grecia Figueroa published a blog post on her personal website entitled “A Crumbling Façade” wherein she discusses various subjects related to her accusations against disgraced San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. Figueroa sued Fletcher and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System for Sexual Harassment, Failure to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Retaliation, Sexual Assault and Battery, and Whistleblower Retaliation. In the lawsuit, it is alleged that Fletcher’s wife, former California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, joined her husband in threatening to sue Ms. Figueroa for extortion.
Fletcher admitted to a “terrible mistake engaging in consensual interactions” but denied the accusations in the lawsuit. However, on March 29, after SanDiegoVille’s staffers contacted Fletcher’s office about an impending story of another woman accusing Fletcher of sexual misconduct while she was an intern for his non-profit, Nathan Fletcher announced his resignation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, effective on May 15.
Ms. Figueroa’s blog post discusses the self-interest of leaders and why 75% of sexual harassment cases in the workplace go unreported. Figueroa hypothesized that people feel they will be judged when speaking up about their experiences with sexual harassment. She then expressed frustration with those who use the phrase “believe women” as a facade when they really mean “believe some women…if it’s convenient.”
Figueroa goes on to say that even other women label a situation a “salacious scandal” before any evidence hits the courtroom or investigation begins. When those in power influence others’ perception of who to believe or support, the vulnerable will always be deterred from sharing their truths.
Overall, Figueroa calls for an end to sexual harassment in the workplace and intimidation, emphasizing that choosing to come forward is not an easy feat and should be respected. She asks readers where they stand, for if they stand for nothing, what will they fall for?