Lab Workers Allege Discrimination in Layoff Process
130 former employees of Lawrence Livermore Lab are seeking restitution for the loss of their jobs and incomes after allegedly being unfairly targeted, allegedly due to age, salaries, and other issues. In May 2009, the former employees filed suit in California state court against the company after 430 lab workers were laid off the previous year.
According to the plaintiffs, the employees chosen for layoffs were picked ahead of others with less seniority, violating terms in their employment contracts. For example, one of the plaintiffs, Marian Barraza, had 38 years of experience and was let go while another employee with a little over a year with the company was allowed to stay. In October, the court ruled that the lawsuit could proceed to trial after it found sufficient evidence that the layoffs disproportionately affected workers over the age of 40.
The 130 workers combined in the suit are seeking individual damages on a number of allegations, including discrimination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract.
If you feel that you have been improperly laid off due to age, please contact Khorrami LLP for a private consultation.