Article 4. Discipline of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 6. >> Chapter 4. >> Article 4.

No person employed under civil service provisions of this division or of any rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto in a permanent position shall be removed, discharged, or suspended except for cause.
Removal or discharge may be made for any of the following causes: incompetence, habitual intemperance, immoral conduct, insubordination, discourteous treatment of the public, dishonesty, or inattention to public service.
The department or division head may for disciplinary purposes suspend a subordinate for a period of not exceeding 15 days and suspension shall carry with it a loss of salary for the period of suspension.
Within five days after the mailing of written notice of removal, discharge, or suspension, any employee may file a written request with the general manager for an opportunity to be heard in his own defense or, at the employee's option, may utilize a grievance procedure if the district and a recognized employee organization have agreed after meeting and conferring in good faith pursuant to Section 3505 of the Government Code that a grievance procedure may be used in disciplinary proceedings involving removals, discharges, and suspensions as an alternative to the procedure provided for in Sections 12165 and 12166.
When such request is made the general manager shall immediately appoint from officers or assistant officers of the district (other than elected officials), or heads of departments or divisions, a committee of three to hear and determine such charges and shall notify the person accused of the time and place when the charges will be heard by mailing a notice to his last known address.
The committee shall examine into the case and make such decision as it deems just and may among other things order the employee discharged, suspended, or reinstated. Its order or decision shall be final unless the employee within 10 days after the date of the order requests the general manager to review the order, in which event the general manager may require any additional evidence he deems material, and his order or decision, with or without such additional evidence, shall be final.
Nothing in the civil service provisions of this division deprives any person of his rights and remedies in a court of competent jurisdiction.