LP&L Employee Claims Retaliation, Hires 2 High-Profile Law Firms

Published 05/13 2014 03:22PM

Updated 05/13 2014 11:41PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- A Lubbock Power & Light employee has requested a grievance hearing for a claim of retaliation. Kyle Sparks was one of two employees last year to file a grievance against LP&L for complaints of nepotism.

The nepotism complaint essentially resolved itself, officials had previously said, because LP&L’s Assistant Director and his son both left LP&L of their own choice. But that was not the end of the story.

On Tuesday, Spark’s attorneys Ted Liggett and Dustin Burrows issued a news release. It said Sparks was placed on leave in the last two weeks for “trying to meet with the City Manager.”

“He [Sparks] was put on administrative leave and asked to resign. Kyle has done nothing wrong.”

It’s not the City Manager, James Loomis, who made that decision. The news release implies that LP&L Director Gary Zheng was part of that decision to put Sparks on leave. It names Zheng as the subject of this new second grievance by Sparks.

“All Kyle wants from this is to go back to work and do his job,” the news release said.

LP&L responded Tuesday afternoon, saying 
Any LP&L employee has the right to file a grievance. There is a clearly defined process that is followed in the event of a grievance being filed in order to ensure fair and equal treatment of all employees. As a matter of stated policy, LP&L does not comment on any individual grievance so as to maintain the integrity of the process.”
Clarification: The earliest version of this story said Sparks was threatening legal action. Sparks’ attorney did send a letter to the City of Lubbock on Monday respectfully demanding certain things; but the threat of a lawsuit was not part of the letter.

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