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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Security manager sues LANL

Security manager sues LANL Lawsuit cites retaliation, discrimination after complaint October 15, 2013 By T.S. Last Journal Northern Bureau SANTA FE — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is suing the lab in federal court, alleging that he was subject to retaliation and discrimination after he complained to superiors about breaches in security protocols during VIP visits. Michael Irving, described in the lawsuit as a security program leader/manager for LANL’s director’s office, says he was removed from his security oversight role with regard to VIP visits and placed in a position two levels lower in authority than his previous job. According to the lawsuit, Irving became aware during the spring and summer of 2011 that security protocols at LANL were not being followed during VIP visits to the lab and made several complaints to his superiors about it. The suit alleges that he was labeled as a “malcontent” and “troublemaker” by his superior, who told him he would not be considered for promotion. Irving, who began working at LANL in 1997, was later reassigned to a position with less authority and a change in duties “under the guise of a reorganization of security personnel at LANL.” He has since been “isolated and prevented from managing his former projects and personnel,” and “denied participating in some of his prior duties.” The suit says Irving was made subordinate to someone younger and with less experience, and that his opportunities for advancement are now limited. The lawsuit states that Irving had a legal right to complain about violations in security protocols with regard to the safety of nuclear weapon materials and report discriminatory conduct in the workplace. Instead, the lawsuit alleges that he has suffered lost wages and benefits, significantly decreased his chances to be promoted and has undergone treatment for emotional distress as a result of retaliatory actions. It also alleges that Irving has been subjected to a hostile work environment and was discriminated against on the basis of his age in violation of the New Mexico Human Rights Act. The lawsuit was filed in Albuquerque federal court Wednesday by attorney Donald Gilpin, who did not return a phone message from the Journal on Monday. Comment was also unavailable from LANL’s public information office. http://www.abqjournal.com/282007/north/lanl-security-manager-claims-retaliation.html

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Irving made a living being Nanos' enforcer. He was not interested in the facts then or now. These days it seems his pedantic recitations of ridiculous rules falls on deaf ears as they should have all along.

Anonymous said...

October 18, 2013 at 7:06 PM:

Mike did not "enforce" anything except DOE/NNSA rules for handling security incidents. I can assure you he was following the existing regulations precisely. His position was one of the first in the LANL "deployed security" model, and his performance was exemplary. He deals only with facts, and any claims without supporting evidence are not "facts" until proven. He is known as a champion of the scientists' need for openness, transparency, and clear rules and procedures, so much so that he often pissed off his superiors in the Security Division. If he is now blowing a whistle, I for one believe him.

Anonymous said...

His performance under Nanos was shameless. He destroyed bright careers to satisfy his own need for control. I believe him too. He also has it coming. Bad Karma and all.

Anonymous said...

Those "bright careers" self-destructed by ignoring the rules that everyone else lived by. No sympathy.

Anonymous said...

You haven't the slightest idea what you are talking about, 9:57.

Anonymous said...

You haven't the slightest idea what you are talking about, 9:57.

October 20, 2013 at 5:29 AM

Wrong.

Anonymous said...

Ok, genius, how many of them were convicted of ANY wrongdoing? The silence is deafening.

Anonymous said...

Ok, genius, how many of them were convicted of ANY wrongdoing?

October 21, 2013 at 5:41 AM

In order to be convicted, you have to be charged with and guilty of a crime. It is not a crime to be an arrogant dumbass who thinks the rules don't apply to you, or just too plain stupid to have been given any kind of security-related responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Among other topics, anthropologists study the migration trends of various peoples and search for correlations between the observed trends and motivating factors. Someday perhaps one of these clever social scientists can develop a theory to explain why there is such a high concentration in northern NM of arrogant scientists who think that safety and security rules don't apply to them. Until then, stay tuned for upcoming breaking headlines.

Anonymous said...

Certainly Mike has made a good living pretending to enforce rules on those, "stupid, arrogant, dumbass" Americans who hold Q-clearances. He is legendary in his ability to spot security violations that never happened. I still await a talley of those employees that have actually been convicted of the crimes he has imagined over the years.

Anonymous said...

I still await a talley of those employees that have actually been convicted of the crimes he has imagined over the years.

October 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Good. Can you wait quietly?

Anonymous said...

It is difficult for some of us to wait quietly while the lives of innocents are destroyed.

Anonymous said...

Mike who now likes to be called Mick is the epitome of a pompous arrogant self-righteous conceited worm. He is a retired enlisted guy from the Air Force and has been over his head at LANL ever since. I have known him for about 11 years and cannot stand him.

Anonymous said...

He is a retired enlisted guy from the Air Force and has been over his head at LANL ever since.

October 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Any idea what he did in the Air Force, his accomplishments and awards? His familiarity with nuclear weapon security? Nope, didn't think so.

Anonymous said...

" the migration trends of various peoples and search for correlations between the observed trends and motivating factors. Someday perhaps one of these clever social scientists can develop a theory to explain why there is such a high concentration in northern NM of arrogant scientists who think that safety and security rules don't apply to them. "

This sounds like the Nanos BS. By looking at the incident statics LANL was by far the lowest in the complex. This was all shown in the LANL blog. There is no high concentration in NM of arrogant scientist. In the end Nanos looked like a fool, literally all the people that fired or disciplined won big lawsuits against the lab and many went on to much high level positions elsewhere. Nanos was the arrogant, out of touch, delusional, and villainous. character who did great harm to the nation.

I cannot speak about Mike, I know nothing of him. As for the people that where hurt under Nanos, the real person to blame is Nanos.

Anonymous said...

@ October 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

You might want to take a look at the investigation report from the LANSCE radiation exposure event of last year before you get all defensive.

Anonymous said...

"@ October 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

You might want to take a look at the investigation report from the LANSCE radiation exposure event of last year before you get all defensive.

October 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM"

True but again compare that to the other labs, such as NIST and so on. Again you will see we have much higher standards and are safer. You the one that needs to get you facts straight before you get all defensive.

Anonymous said...

"You the one"?? "you facts"??? And you want to be taken seriously? Did you fall asleep in fifth grade English? Do you not know how to spell "you're" and "your"? Or even know the difference? Or even care? Ever hear the old saying "better to keep silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt?"

If you show yourself to be uneducated, do not expect your opinions to matter to anyone except those less educated than you.

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