The major contractor at the Savannah River Site has settled a lawsuit out-of-court with a veteran African American employee who claimed he was fired due to his race.


Kenneth Piper worked at SRS from 1999 until August 2011 for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and their predecessor as the management and organization contractor at SRS. He was terminated, he contends, because he was not Caucasian.


Working as a multi-skilled technician, Piper claimed that he was laid off while other less-experienced, less-aged MSTs were not and that “race was a motivating factor.”


SRNS denied Piper's claim that they violated the Civil Rights Act in terminating him during the lawsuit, but in November, a settlement was reached between the two parties. This settlement, which has not been made public, was finalized this week and the case closed with prejudice – meaning that it cannot be brought to court again.


The suit was litigated by the Mabry Law Firm in Columbia, the same firm which represented Steven Grice and Dana Lawson, both of Aiken, who filed suits claiming that they were singled out for termination because they were disabled, among other claims.


The pair, whose suits are ongoing, also claiming that they were subjects of racially-motivated termination. However, Grice and Lawson claim they were fired because they are Caucasian and that less-qualified African American employees were retained.


Emails requesting comment from SRNS were not returned Friday by press time.