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VWA-0041 - In the Matter of Lucy B. Smith

This Decision involves a whistleblower complaint filed by Lucy B. Smith (Smith) under the Department of Energy's (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program. From September 1973 to March 1997, Smith was employed as a chemist at the DOE’s Savannah River Site (SRS) by various contractors, the most recent of which was Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC). At the time of her termination, Smith worked at WSRC’s Waste Management Laboratory. Smith alleges that in retaliation for making a number of health and safety disclosures WSRC terminated her pursuant to a January 1997 Reduction-in-Force (1/97 Rif) and subsequently failed to rehire her.