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LWX-0014 In the Matter of Ronald A. Sorri

This Decision supplements an Initial Agency Decision, dated December 16, 1993, issued by the undersigned Hearing Officer of the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) of the Department of Energy in a case involving a "whistleblower" complaint filed by Ronald A. Sorri (Sorri) under the Department of Energy's Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. See Ronald A. Sorri, 23 DOE & 87,503 (1993) (Sorri). In the December 16 Decision, I found that Sorri had proven by a preponderance of the evidence that he engaged in activities protected under Part 708 and that these activities were a contributing factor in the decision by Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and L&M Technologies, Inc. (L&M) to terminate his employment. I further concluded that Sandia and L&M were jointly responsible for the termination of Sorri's employment and that a violation of Part 708 had occurred. In the December 16 Decision, I determined that Sorri should be awarded back pay lost as a result of the reprisals taken against him, as well as all costs and expenses reasonably incurred by him in bringing his complaint. At that time, Thad M. Guyer, attorney for Complainant, was directed to submit a full accounting of his hourly charges for attorney's fees together with any costs, expenses, and expert witness fees incurred in representing Sorri, and a full accounting of any other costs and expenses reasonably incurred by Sorri in bringing his complaint under Part 708.