The day before the Electric Utility Board will meet to debate the employment of Lubbock Power and Light CEO, Gary Zheng, an LP&L employee who filed a grievance against him announced he sought out legal help with the process. Attorneys Ted Liggett and Dustin Burrows will represent Kyle Sparks.
"He was scared and confused," Liggett said at a press conference Tuesday.
Sparks, an engineer, has been put on leave for about two weeks now, and was asked to resign under what he claims are questionable circumstances.
"That was done simply because he had attempted to meet with the city manager's office due to some concerns he had had with LP&L," Liggett said.
Sparks, fearing retribution, asked Liggett and Burrows for advice. They will help him through the grievance process.
"Kyle attempted initially to wade through this on his own and he came up with nothing but confusion and frustration," Liggett said.
"We don't believe there was any reason to put our client on paid administrative leave during hat he was told is an HR investigation," Burrows said. "Of course, we're not certain there was one at this time."
Sparks' grievance isn't just against Gary Zheng. The press release also lists "one other for retaliation." Sparks' attorneys are not revealing that person's name just yet.
"We do want some security in his job at he end of the day," Burrows said. "He does want to return to work, he loves what he does."
"We haven't filed a lawsuit we're not seeking money," Liggett said. "We simply want to protect Kyle's rights, we don't want him to be caught up in all the controversy."
That controversy, multiple LP&L employees filing grievances with city manager, James Loomis, and mayor, Glen Robertson, over the Zheng controversy. Loomis declined to comment.
Matt Rose of LP&L released a statement that read in part, "As a matter of stated policy, LP&L does not comment on any individual grievance so as to maintain the integrity of the process."
The Electric Utility Board will meet on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in the LP&L building to debate the employment of Gary Zheng.