September 19, 2016: Two Hanford nuclear site whistleblowers were vindicated in a strongly-worded court decision released today, with the judge directing a Hanford contractor to pay $216,080 in back pay and compensatory damages, before interest and attorney fees and costs.
In his decision, Judge Larsen characterized some of CSC’s arguments as “an astonishing display of chutzpah,” “evidentiary hash” and “not convincing.”
Mr. Clem and Mr. Spencer are both represented by Hanford Challenge Staff Attorney Nikolas Peterson and outside counsel Stephani Ayers. Mr. Peterson said, “Hanford Challenge is proud to represent ethical employees like Kirt and Matt, and trust that this case will send a message to Hanford employers that retaliating against employees who raise safety, health, and other concerns is illegal and expensive.”
Find the entire press release here.
Our newsletter for Summer 2016 is out! Catch up on the latest, including an Emergency Motion filed to protect workers, a GAO report criticizing DOE's treatment of whistleblowers and our member spotlight on Emily Turk, MPH.
Read the newsletter here. It's been a busy summer of progress, and we look forward to the coming months to see where our momentum will carry us!
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