Friday, May 19, 2006

Settlement reached in class actions

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Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 14:58:12 -0600
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Subject: LANL-ALL1085: Settlement reached in class actions
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Settlement reached in class actions

The Regents of the University of California and a group of female and Hispanic employees have agreed to settle two class action lawsuits alleging employment discrimination at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Under the terms of the settlement, which has been submitted to the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico for preliminary approval, the Regents have agreed to pay $12 million to current and former female and Hispanic employees at the Laboratory. The Regents also agreed to certain non-monetary relief.

The lawsuits were brought by a group of Laboratory employees and two organizations, on behalf of female and Hispanic employees of the Laboratory, alleging discrimination in pay, promotions and educational practices.

According to the settlement agreement, the Laboratory expressly disputes any allegation of discrimination or wrongdoing and does not admit any liability.

The parties to the settlement have expressed satisfaction with the resolution and have asked the court to approve the settlement, and to permit notice of the settlement to be sent to the Laboratory's current and former employees who are entitled to claim compensation under the terms of the settlement.




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Comments:
ahh..how sweet...all at the expense of the dear old tax payer no doubt...i feel so wonderfully screwed. :)
 
The same thing happened at LLNL except worse. Not only did the women get compensated once but they continue to be compensated yearly around pay raise time.
 
The reason this type of BS has continued, for 63 years, is that the AEC/DOE picks up the legal tab. LANL/UC never gets punished, so they claim innocence and the practices continue.

Unless this insane scheme changes, and those responsible for the actions pick up the tab, no reform is possible.
 
How poetic...UC celebrating 63 years of "honor and pride" in Los Alamos? I don't think so.
 
Not feeling real positive about my future as an Anglo male at LANL if there are RIFs. Oh well, life goes on. Should have picked another major. Maybe next time around.
 
I'm not feeling real positive about my future as an Anglo female at LANL either...
 
UC celebrating "honor and pride" is like Bill Clinton lecturing me on "honesty and chastity."
 
As an Anglo middle-aged male, I too have hit dead ends at UNM and LANL. I worry as well about being able to finish the rest of my career at LANL.
 
I'm pissed. I had a female superior tell me (in front of all of my co-workers no less) that I was one of the harder workers and basically screwed off less....but I was not hispanic and I was not female so I did not have a future at LANL.

Can you believe that?
 
I laugh, I watch managememnt have warning signs fired across their bow for years. Then they are suprised?

Intelligence in action? More likely arrogance......?
 
It took this posting to finally get me to sign up and reply. I'm doing this in hopes a few people will learn something. That is, always hear the other side(s) to a story before you pass judgment. And even then, you can never be too sure.

I am married to someone who worked at the lab for quite some time. She had both her Bachelor's AND her Master's Degrees. Her MALE co-worker had nothing more than a high-school education. In addition, the field in which they were working, she had some 12 years experience versus about 4 years for him. Mind you, he was getting paid about $20,000 more than she was!!! Oh wait, I forgot, I believe he started at the lab 7 years before she did.

So, I'm guessing you would turn down an extra $1500 a month, right?

Moral of the story: Maybe some people do deserve the extra pay. And maybe it's best not to judge until you find out more information.
 
Did anyone pickup on the fact that one of the conditions of the settlement was an on-site child care faciilty? It turns out the Director Bob didn't do it out of the kindness of his heart - the lawyers made him do it.
 
Any kid stashed in childcare does not deserve his selfish parents. There are new generations of unparented children coming down the pike. What does this bode for society (or civilization)? Those uncaring parents will someday cry over the lack of attention they get from their grown up kids.
 
Perfect:

Any kid stashed in child care does not deserve his selfish parents. There are new generations of unparented children coming down the pike. What does this bode for society (or civilization)? Those uncaring parents will someday cry over the lack of attention they get from their grown up kids.

Those who want a dual income should not have children at all. They made their choice, money is obviously more important, so be it. Have surgery and do us all a favor. If the child was a mistake, then reduce your lifestyle to a single income and _you_ raise you child.
 
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