Ex-PG&E worker claims utility misled regulators

(AP) — A former PG&E manager has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired for refusing to participate in the utility's plan to mislead regulators into approving rate increases.

 

The San Jose Mercury News reports ( http://tinyurl.com/mcgop4p ) that Christopher Surbey filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court.

Surbey alleges that PG&E used information he provided on the need to overhaul a computer system to trick regulators into obtaining a rate increase. He says the utility had no intention to use the increase to upgrade the system, and that he was fired when he protested that decision.

A PG&E spokesman said the lawsuit contains numerous inaccuracies and that Surbey was laid off in 2011 with 200 other IT workers as part of a reorganization of the company.