PG&E Fired Worker Over Post-Blast Data Worries, Suit Says

Law360, Los Angeles (May 30, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT) -- A specialist hired by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to fix a data system that contributed to a deadly explosion in San Bruno, Calif., in 2010, claims in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that the utility fired him after he complained about rate increases and superficial reforms.

In a 24-page complaint filed in the Northern District of California, Christopher Surbey claims that PG&E "embarked on a systematic campaign" to destroy his career "in retaliation for his complaints about its deceitful practices."

Surbey, a professional trained in geographic information systems management at major utilities, was hired by the utility five months after a...

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