Wednesday, February 09, 2005
LANL auditor claims he was demoted after pointing out safety concernsLast Update: 02/09/2005 6:12:45 PM
By: Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A quality assurance auditor at Los Alamos National Laboratory says he was demoted in retaliation for audits that were critical of lab safety and security practices.
Don Brown has filed a complaint with the U.S. Labor Department.
Brown says he was involved with two major audits at the lab beginning in June 2003 before he was demoted in the fall of 2004.
The first audit found that more than half of the welds inspected in the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building were defective.
Brown says in his complaint that before he and co-workers could complete the audit, lab managers told them to stop.
A lab spokesman says management doesn’t ignore safety concerns from employees, and that any welding problems at the research building presented no threat to safety.