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Sempra Energy and Southern California Gas Win Motion for Summary Judgment

February 18, 2014

Zuber Lawler & Del Duca’s Employment Law Group prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit was brought by a former employee against the firm’s client Sempra Energy and its subsidiary Southern California Gas Company. The judgment was granted in full.

“Of course, we’re thrilled for our clients,” stated Managing Partner Tom Zuber. “The Sempra Energy family of utilities powers the lives of more than 20 million customers here in California and 31 million customers worldwide. We’re honored to further that noble purpose.”

The Plaintiff claimed alleged disability discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and failure to engage in the interactive process under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). Partner Jeremy Gray and associate Lisa Lawrence led the firm’s representation of Sempra Energy and the court concluded that “Plaintiff’s action has no merit and there are not disputed issues of material fact for trial.”

This victory arrives on the heels of a successful motion to dismiss a complaint filed in 2013 against Sempra Energy alleging wrongful termination in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act and a collective bargaining agreement.