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Enforcements for Employment Security Department

Case Agency Violation/Result Penalty Amount Laws RCW
2016-061 Employment Security Department

Violation: A WorkSource Specialist used state resources for private benefit and gain. Evidence collected showed an excessive amount of time on the internet for non-work related use.

Result: A settlement was approved on September 8, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $2,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2016-010 Employment Security Department

Violation: A WorkSource Specialist may have violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state email account to send and receive personal emails.

Result: An agreed settlement was approved on July 14, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $2,000 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2014-064 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Unemployment Specialist violated the Act when she stored an excessive amount of personal data on her state computer, including pictures, music, movies and documents. She also used agency time and resources for non-work related activities via the internet on topics such as society and culture, shopping, streaming videos and entertainment.

Result: An Order of Default was approved on November 18, 2016 imposing a civil penalty of $1,500.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2013-011 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee of the Department of Employment Security violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal benefit. Evidence indicated that she used her state computer to correspond with a builder, contractor and insurance agency while having a home built.

Result: Settlement approved on January10, 2014 for a civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,250 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2013-004 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee of the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources for personal business to visit internet sites beyond the de minimis use standard.

Result: Settlement approved on November 8, 2013 for a civil penalty of $4,500 with $2,000 suspended. She was also ordered to immendiately pay and outstanding $250 penalty from a previous stipulation.

$4,500 RCW 42.52.160
2013-003 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee of the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for personal interestes.

Result: Settlement approved on September 13, 2013 for a civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,750 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2012-062 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former employee with the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to conduct an outside business. Records indicated that he used the agency's computer to send and receive email regarding his outside consulting business and his outside employment with Dale Carnegie Training.

Result: Settlement approved on September 13, 2013 for a civil penalty of $2,000.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2012-012 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her SCAN card to make over 100 personal phone calls.

Result: Settlement approved on September 14, 2012 for a civil penalty of $250.

$250 RCW 42.52.160
2012-011 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used his state issued cell phone for hundreds of personal calls while on annual leave.

Result: Settlement approved on September 14, 2012 for a civil penalty of $1,250 with $250 suspended.

$1,250 RCW 42.52.160
2012-010 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used his state computer for personal use.

Result: Settlement approved on November 9, 2012 for a civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,000 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2012-009 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for personal gain.

Result: Settlement approved on July 13, 2012 for a civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2012-008 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee for the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for personal gain.

Result: Settlement approved on November 9, 2012 for a civil penalty of $1,200.

$1,200 RCW 42.52.160
2012-007 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Interviewer for the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources for personal gain.

Result: Settlement approved on September 14, 2012 for a civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,500 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2012-077 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former employee with the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state resources to further his outside interpreting services. He also stored over 800 non-work related audio files, 28 video files and 1,964 non-work related photos on his state computer.

Result: Settlement approved on September 13, 2013 for a civil penalty of $2,500.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2012-063 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former employee with the Employment Security Department violated RCW 42.52.020 and .070 when he used state resources to set up an experience rating account in the TAXIS database for Best Buffet Restaurant and established it as a partial successor to Seattle Seafood Buffet, businesses which he is identified as a buyer.

Result: A Final Order of Default was entered on November 8, 2013 for a civil penalty of $750.

$750 RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.070
2010-071 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Employment Security Department employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state resources to send an email to veterans in Southwest Washington to promote a campaign event for US Senator Patty Murray.

Result: Settlement approved on March 11, 2011for a Civil penalty of $1,500 with $500 suspended.

$1,500 RCW 42.52.160
2009-050 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Employment Security Division employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used her state computer to pursue personal matters, to include sending personal documents and using the agency's address on her car registration.

Result: Settlement approved on May 14, 2010 for a Civil penalty of $500.

$500 RCW 42.52.160
2003-083 Employment Security Department

Violation: Employment Security Department employee used state time and equipment to visit internet game, retail, and recipe sites and create, forward, and print jokes, poems, chain letters, and conversations with family members.

Result: Settlement approved on September 10, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $750 with $250 suspended.

$750 RCW 42.52.160
2003-034 Employment Security Department

Violation: Employment Security Department employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when she used state time and equipment to create, forward, and print jokes, poems, chain letters, an apartment checklist, and a family member's resume.

Result: Settlement approved on September 10, 2004 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $750 with $250 suspended.

$750 RCW 42.52.160
2001-031 Employment Security Department

Violation: Employment Security Department employee violated RCW 42.52.160 whe he allowed household members to use a state provided computer for personal reasons.

Result: Settlement approved on February 14, 2003 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $250 with $150 suspended.

$250 RCW 42.52.160
2001-001 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Employment Security Department employee violated RCW 42.52.150 when he accepted a $100 gift from a vendor he had a contract with through a state agency.

Result: Settlement approved on September 13, 2002 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $250 with $250 suspended.

$250 RCW 42.52.150
2000-004 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Employment Security Department employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he used state owned equipment to support his outside employment and used several hours of state paid time to work on documents related to the outside employment.

Result: Settlement approved on June 8, 2001 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $1,000 with $500 suspended.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
1999-044 Employment Security Department

Violation: Former Employment Security Department supervisor violated RCW 42.52.020 when she and her spouse entered into a real estate contract with a subordinate she supervised.

Result: Settlement approved on July 13, 2001 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $1,000 with $500 suspended.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.020
1999-032 Employment Security Department

Violation: Employment Security Department employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he accessed over 1,400 adult advertisements with images off the Internet and stored on his state owned computer.

Result: Settlement approved on February 9, 2001 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $5,800 with $2,800 suspended.

$5,800 RCW 42.52.160
1997-002 Employment Security Department

Violation: Department of Employment Security employee violated RCW 42.52.160 when he misappropriated funds for rental car charges, personal cell phone charges, agency vehicle use, travel advance not reimbursed and personal SCAN charges.

Result: Settlement approved on July 18,1997 for a Civil penalty in the amount of $3,003. Of that amount, $2,503 to the agency for reimbursment.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160