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Feb. 1, 2001

LLNL Statement on Women's Lawsuit

"This decision by Judge Sabraw is limited to the composition of the class and does not address the merits of the plaintiff's claim. It sets the stage for the examination of additional information and we look forward to having a full hearing on this case.

We do not believe there are statistically significant shortfalls in the overall pay rates of female employees at the lab. In addition, the pay growth for women over the last six years has exceeded that of men. We are also working aggressively to ensure that there are qualified women candidates in the pool of applicants being considered for our top management openings.

We take the issues of our female employees very seriously and we are willing to look at individual areas of concern. But we strongly disagree with the plaintiff's assertion that there is a laboratory-wide pattern of discrimination. It just is not correct."

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory that develops science and engineering technology and provides innovative solutions to our nation's most important challenges. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.