By Amy Coker-Moffett-CarrigganPosted May 16, 2018 12:29:00In December, the Southern California Gas Co. agreed to pay nearly $1 million to a former Southern California Power Company (SCC) pipeline worker, who was fired for the alleged sexual harassment of female coworkers.
The Southern California Edison-owned utility was one of three Southern California companies sued by former employee Amy Moffett-McCarrighan over her alleged harassment and discrimination.
The lawsuit, filed in 2016, alleged that Moffett McClain and the company retaliated against her for complaining about workplace harassment and retaliation.
The $1,000 settlement came as part of an agreement with the California Department of Justice that was approved by the State Supreme Court last week.
In addition, the company will pay $250,000 to the former worker and the state will pay another $250 and $250 per month for two years.
The company will also pay Moffett’s former supervisor $25,000 for medical and counseling expenses.
In addition to the settlement, the state has ordered Moffett to pay a $300,000 civil penalty.
The $300k will go toward the costs of the civil penalty and the $250k will fund the settlement of the whistleblower’s claim.
“Today, the Legislature, the California State Assembly, the San Francisco City Council, and the San Diego City Council unanimously passed a resolution to resolve the claims of Amy Moffitt McClain, and to award the former SCC employee, and all current and former SAC employees, $1 in total, including all costs, for the harassment and wrongful termination of Moffett, as well as for the cost of the investigation into the wrongful termination,” reads the resolution.
“The settlement resolves the claims against the former employee and all of her former SCE employees, and will also provide significant compensation for her medical and mental health expenses,” it adds.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a bill in February that would allow for the payout of whistleblower compensation and the payment of the SCC settlement.
The SCC, which was owned by the Southern Company, was founded in 1892 by the former Governor of California, Frank H. O’Dell.
It became one of the largest utilities in California in the 1940s and 1950s, becoming the state’s largest power utility and controlling more than 90 percent of the electricity market in Southern California.