Former SRS employees suing over termination

  • Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 9:15 p.m.

Two former Savannah River Site employees are suing management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, claiming they were fired because of individual disabilities, race, age and gender.

Steven Grice and Dana Lawson, both of Aiken, have both filed suits through the same Columbia, S.C., attorney, claiming that they were singled out for termination because they were disabled, a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

As well as claiming ADA violations, Grice and Lawson both claim that they were fired because of their race while others of a different skin color and lesser skill were retained.

Lawson, additionally, claims she was underpaid and that SRNS paid her “less than men for the same or similar work.”

The target of their allegations, SRNS, denies all allegations of wrongdoing in the complaint.

Both the plaintiffs were let go from SRS after significant years of service in the February 2011 layoffs by SRNS. Grice worked at SRS for 34 years and Lawson for 24 years.

The suits were originally filed in the Aiken County courthouse but have recently been removed to the U.S. District Court.

Lawson’s suit makes a claim for “back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and costs and any and all further relief to which she may be entitled to under the aforementioned statutes” and references damages related to mental anguish and emotional distress.

Grice demands similar compensation.

“While we do not comment on pending litigation, these were two of the employees who were impacted by the reduction in force in February 2011,” said Barbara H. Smoak, director of SRNS Business, Technical and Employee Communications. “SRNS reductions are not conducted to single out any person or class of employees, and are conducted in accordance with all federal laws applicable to employment.”

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