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VWA-0036 - In the Matter of Robert Gardner

This Decision involves a complaint filed by Robert Gardner (Gardner or “Complainant”) under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, codified at 10 C.F.R. Part 708. Gardner is a former employee of a DOE contractor, Rust GeoTech (Rust). He alleges that certain reprisals were taken against him by Rust, including denial of a merit pay increase in 1996 and interference with his prospects for future employment in retaliation for his protected disclosures to DOE management and public officials. On the basis of the hearing that was conducted and the record before me, I have concluded that Gardner is not entitled to relief under 10 C.F.R. Part 708.