Whistleblower Lawsuit Against California Nuclear Plant

Southern California Edison faces a whistleblower lawsuit from an employee who alleges retaliation for raising safety concerns at the plant site. The lawsuit names Southern California Edison, which is the owner of San Onofre plant, and his former supervisor. The plaintiff, Paul Diaz, who was the manager of business accounting and project service, accuses the defendant of terminating him in October and claims unspecified damages for lost wages, wrongful termination, retaliation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, discrimination, and defamation. This is not a radiation lawsuit.

The plaintiff alleges that the ostensible reason put forth by the defendant for his dismissal was “poor performance.” The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff was terminated for blowing a whistle about the safety concerns at Edison’s nuclear site. The plaintiff asserts that he aired his concerns about the plant safety after fellow employees approached him about the same, alleging that other supervisors were ignoring their complaints. The complainant claims that the defendant failed to pay heed to his concerns about nuclear safety and terminated him when he aired his concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC regulates nuclear power plants similar to the one leaking radiation in Japan and will likely lead to radiation lawsuits.

The plaintiff contends that

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