DOE's Lawrence Livermore Faces Trial In $65M Layoff Case

Law360, San Francisco (March 18, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory unfairly targeted 130 older employees when it laid off workers in a 2008 cost-saving measure, violating its own layoff policies, a California jury heard Monday in a $65 million wrongful termination case.

The plaintiffs, all of whom worked in the laboratory's business unit in support of its science and research units, said the organization breached contract when it ignored a long-standing policy of cutting temporary, contract and junior workers before terminating employees with seniority. Of the 750...
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