This Decision considers an Appeal of an Initial Agency Decision (IAD) issued on December 21, 2001, involving a Complaint filed by Janet L. Westbrook (Westbrook or the Complainant) under the Department of Energy (DOE) Contractor Employee Protection Program, 10 C.F.R. Part 708. In her Complaint, Westbrook claims that her former employer, UT-Battelle, LLC (Battelle or the Company), the DOE contractor that manages the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (the Laboratory), terminated her as part of a reduction in force (RIF) as a retaliation for making disclosures that are protected under Part 708. In the IAD, however, the Hearing Officer determined that Battelle had shown that it would have terminated the Complainant, even in the absence of the protected disclosures. As set forth in this decision, I have decided that this determination is clearly erroneous and that Westbrook should be granted relief.