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VBH-0011 - In the Matter of Diane E. Meier

This Decision involves a complaint filed by Diane E. Meier (Meier or “the complainant”) under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. Meier is the former employee of a DOE contractor, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL or “the contractor”), and alleges in her complaint that certain reprisals were taken against her, including being the subject of unjustified anger and threats from her supervisor, and ultimately being removed by the contractor from her position on a favored work project, as a result of her participating in an act protected under Part 708. More specifically, Meier alleges that these adverse personnel actions were taken against her in retaliation for disclosing to the contractor her disapproval of the supervisor’s improper conduct in assuming supervision of his wife working on the project, in violation of the contractor’s personnel rules concerning the supervision of “near relatives.” In compensation for these alleged retaliations, the complainant seeks reinstatement, back pay, other unspecified damages, and reasonable attorney’s fees. On the basis of the hearing that was conducted and the record before me, I have concluded that Meier is not entitled to relief under 10 C.F.R. Part 708.