SANTA FE, N.M. — A married couple employed by the operators of Los Alamos National Laboratory are suing the lab and its former Emergency Operations division leader over what their suit alleges was long-running sexual harassment by a LANL supervisor.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by Erika and William Gorman in District Court in Santa Fe, alleges that Anthony Stanford committed assault and battery against Erika Gorman.
It also charges that Los Alamos National Security, which operates the lab, was negligent in hiring, supervising and retaining Stanford, who retired from the lab after nearly 20 years as a lab employee in February.
The lawsuit seeking damages states that amid the allegations against Stanford, the lab gave him a choice to either retire with full benefits or be terminated. “That’s one of the concerns we have – that the lab essentially rewarded him for his behavior,” said John Day, the Santa Fe attorney representing the Gormans.