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LANS responds to Irving lawsuit

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By Tris DeRoma

Attorneys for Los Alamos National Security have responded to a 2016 lawsuit from a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee where he said he was discriminated against because of his age and a prior lawsuit he filed against the company in 2013.
The employee filed the new suit in April. Los Alamos National Security is the company that manages and operates LANL.
“Defendant (LANL) has discriminated against the plaintiff by subjecting him to a hostile work environment, denying him promotional opportunities and promoting a younger, less experienced individual, interfering with his ability to perform his job duties and by giving plaintiff a negative evaluation and significantly reducing his promotional opportunities and merit raise,” said his attorney, Donald Gilpin, in the lawsuit.
In his suit, the employee, Michael Irving, also claims that he was passed over for a promotion because of what was contained in the prior lawsuit he lodged against Los Alamos National Security in 2013.
The 2013 suit was about a complaint Irving made to his management about how rules concerning VIP visits weren’t being followed. Irving said as a result of his complaint, management called him a “troublemaker” and had him “removed from his security oversight role with regard to VIP visits,” Gilpin said in Irving’s new lawsuit.


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