Despite filing for bankruptcy in January, the company has asked the bankruptcy judge to approve payment of $235 million in bonuses to employees in 2019. PG&E issued a statement that bonuses will be paid if workers meet safety and operational goals, but court documents indicate that meeting financial goals rather than safety are the priority for bonuses.
Nor Cal Fire Lawyer, Mike Danko, explained:
“It’s just unfair to PG&E’s victims. It’s inappropriate to pay PG&E employees bonuses while wildfire victims are living in trailers in parking lots or in tents on burned out lots waiting for aid from PG&E. Some of them now have been waiting more than 3.5 years.”
About Northern California Fire Lawyers
Northern California Fire Lawyers is a team of more than 30 attorneys from a coalition of three Northern California law firms: Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle, Danko Meredith and Gibbs Law Group. Collectively, our fire lawyers have more experience investigating and bringing claims against PG&E than any law firm in California. Our attorneys have been appointed by California judges to leadership positions in some of the largest fire and disaster cases, including the Butte Fire Cases, 2017 PG&E Fire Cases, and San Bruno Explosion lawsuits.
Our attorneys currently represent over 200 families who are victims of the 2015 Butte Fire that devastated over 70,000 acres. We have earned hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and members of our team have been honored for their work with numerous awards, including “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California,” “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” and “Top Women Lawyers in Northern California,” among others.