San Diego Gas & Electric, or SDG&E for short, is a major supplier of electricity and natural gas to residents and businesses in the city. The company has many vendors, some of which are Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) vendors. The latter are minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, minority women-owned businesses, and service-disabled veteran businesses.
However, despite the company’s large reach, the company is facing a number of reports of labor and employment issues, as well as potential discrimination. If you believe that one of SDG&E’s vendors or SDG&E itself is taking advantage of your or violating your rights, talk to Hiden, Rott & Oertle. You might have a valid case against the company.
Lawsuits against SDG&E for Labor & Employment Issues
A number of employees have complained that SDG&E engaged in wrongful termination, particularly in retaliation to employee actions.
One employee who filed suit against SDG&E told ABC 10 News that SDG&E’s gas detection devices are faulty. When he tried to bring the faulty gas detection devices to the company’s attention – time and time again – his concerns fell on deaf ears. Only a few weeks later, he was fired. Now, he is suing SDG&E for wrongful termination.
Another former employee claiming wrongful termination at SDG&E said that he was fired after he complained about the company asking employees to hand deliver delinquent notices in low-income areas. His lawyer told reporters for CBS 8 News that the company fired Bryant for no reason other than whistleblowing on illegal activities. A jury awarded him $2.1 million in damages, including damages for wrongful termination, retaliation, and punitive damages.
In 2010, several SDG&E employees stated that one worker was fired when he complained about racially motivated practices within the business, including poor treatment of minorities. In fact, the employee says that the racism went so far as to include a noose being placed on the back of his truck, and offensive photos posted in a tool room.
California’s Laws Regarding Labor & Employment
The labor code specifies that most employment relationships in California are “at will.” This means that, in most situations, an employer can willfully terminate an employee at any time and without cause. However, if termination is in retaliation, then the employer is in violation of the law.
And the law regarding discrimination and racism in the workplace are clear – employers may not fire a worker based on his race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Workers in California have other labor rights as well, which SDG&E and its vendors must not violate.
Proving that the employer fired the worker out of retaliation, was discriminating against the worker, or otherwise violated state or federal labor laws can be difficult in some cases, however. Some co-workers may be scared to come forward out of fear of losing their jobs. If you find yourself without a job because of your employer’s bad deeds, talk to an attorney.
Get a Free Review of Your Case at Hiden, Rott & Oertle
If you work for SDG&E or one of its vendors and believe that the company or its vendor is taking advantage of you or otherwise wronged you in some way, call Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP. We are investigating labor and employment issues against SDG&E and its vendors. Those wrongfully terminated, retaliated against, have been victims of racism, or have in any other way had their rights as an employee violated may have the right to take civil action.
If you have questions about whether or not your case is enough to take civil action, call us today for a free case review. You can reach our offices now at 619-296-5884.