Sempra Energy releases video response to allegations that their lobbyist was sleeping with Mike Duvall

Sempra Energy has responded to the allegations that their lobbyist, Heidi DeJong Barsuglia.  You can see their response in the video above.

They say that they are investigating this.  Here’s the deal.  If Duvall DID have an affair with Barsuglia, then the issue of harassment comes up.  Sempra has a responsibility to protect their workers from harassment.  So they would be liable in this instance.

And the broader question is whether or not someone at Sempra told Barsuglia to do what she did.  That would really be no bueno for Sempra.  It would be a highly actionable act, as per A.B. 1825.

Duvall by the way may have put the state in liability.  His actions are a clear violation of A.B. 1825.  His conversation with Assemblyman Jeff Miller clearly was harassment.  And his alleged behavior with Barsuglia was also clearly harassment.  So the State of California may be on the hook should Barsuglia and/or Miller pursue a harassment claim.

The Legislators are all managers of personnel.  As such they should be trained in A.B. 1825, which mandates that organizations with more than 50 employees must send supervisors to such training for two hours every two years.

That Duvall and Miller were both on the Assembly Ethics Committee is just a real hoot…

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