Oct 9, 2007
The move clears the way for thousands of lab employees to receive payouts from the $16.4 million settlement as soon as the end of the year, according to attorneys in the case.
The employees alleged the University of California, which ran the Northern New Mexico weapons lab for decades until last year, discriminated against women and Hispanics in pay, promotions and educational opportunities.
The settlement was finalized by a federal judge this summer.
Lab employee Laurie Quon appealed the settlement last month, threatening to postpone the payouts by several years. She argued it would give excessive payouts to women who initiated the lawsuit.
She also asserted the agreement, which releases the lab from future discrimination claims, is too broad.
Documents filed in the case indicate that Quon withdrew the appeal after it was agreed that her attorneys would be paid $75,000 in fees. "Our hope is that things are on the road to being wrapped up," her attorney, George Geran, said.
John Bienvenu, a lawyer representing workers in the case, said an administrator is processing claims for the 3,222 employees involved. The employees will be notified by mail on whether their claims were accepted.