A jury is hearing from former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory workers in Northern California who say they were unfairly targeted due to age, salaries and other issues.
The Oakland Tribune reported 130 ex-employees are suing lab management, claiming wrongful termination and breach of contract. They are seeking restitution for the loss of their jobs and incomes.
On Monday an attorney for five of the plaintiffs told jurors that the employees chosen were picked for layoff ahead of others with less seniority, violating terms in their contracts.
A lawyer for the lab argued that the positions eliminated were no longer necessary to fulfill the lab’s directives as it transitioned away from nuclear weapons research.
The trial for the first group of plaintiffs is expected to continue through April.
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