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Thursday, October 1, 2015

LIVERMORE LAB PAYS $37.25 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT

LIVERMORE LAB PAYS $37.25 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT

Here is the LLNL press release that went out to characterize the settlement to the media. Interestingly, as of 4:30 PM today, this is not posted on the LLNL website with the other press releases - even though it was sent out to select media hours ago. Here it is.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2015
NR-15-09-08


SETTLEMENT REACHED IN CASE BROUGHT BY LAID-OFF
WORKERS AGAINST LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY

The claims of 129 of the plaintiffs in the long-running lawsuit brought by 130 former workers against the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been resolved through a settlement under which the Laboratory has agreed to pay the former employees a total of $37.25 million in contract damages.

The lawsuit arose out of a 2008 workforce restructuring at the Laboratory, which impacted more than 1,000 employees. In 2013, the claims of five “test plaintiffs,” out of the 130, were litigated in two separate jury trials. The first trial, alleging breach of the plaintiffs’ employment contracts, resulted in a victory for the five test plaintiffs and a damages award of $2.73 million. The Laboratory prevailed in the second trial, which alleged that the Laboratory had discriminated against older employees in making layoff decisions.

While both jury verdicts were on appeal, and with the encouragement of Judge Robert Freedman of the Alameda County Superior Court, the parties engaged in a months-long mediation that resulted in the settlement announced today. One plaintiff did not settle her case. The Laboratory continues to deny any wrongdoing in connection with the circumstances underlying the work force reduction.

J. Gary Gwilliam of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli and Brewer of Oakland, California, represented the workers.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, which was the named defendant in the lawsuit.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (www.llnl.gov) provides solutions to our nation’s most important national security challenges through innovative science, engineering and technology. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great job folks. I was a heartbroken, brow beaten engineering manager during this layoff and was ashamed of the way so many fine people were treated. Well done. Your frog March from your jobs en mass was a humam resources blunder. UC employees would nevrr have allowed such disgraceful treatment. LLNS, bastardized by ignorant , lazy, poor quality industry flunkees like Russo and Soderstrom, bullshited and bullied sensible managers into this shameful insult. Kudos in clearing your good name.

This was brought about by the privatization blunder lead by the ultimate liar,v Tyler Pryzbylek. I wish hatred, disesse and damnation for this for his mass abuse the new contact wrought of so many fine, innocent. people,.

May he, Russo and Soderstrom look into the mirror and see themselves with the disgust hold them, and may they end their own lives.

Anonymous said...

"LLNS, bastardized by ignorant , lazy, poor quality industry flunkees like Russo and Soderstrom, bullshited and bullied sensible managers into this shameful insult."

Nicely said, bravo !

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