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Enforcements for Employment Security Department

Case Agency Violation/Result Penalty Amountsort ascending Laws RCW
2003-083 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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: An Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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
2012-063 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former employee with the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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 they are 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
2009-050 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Employment Security Division employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used their state computer to pursue personal matters, to include sending personal documents and using the agency's address on their car registration.

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

$500 RCW 42.52.160
1999-032 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they accessed over 1,400 adult advertisements with images from the Internet and stored them on their state 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
2022-014 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former IT Application Developer with the Employment Security Department, agreed that they may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for non-work-related purposes. Evidence indicated that they used their state computer for court appearances during work hours, to access the internet for personal use, including shopping and stored of hundreds of photographs and court documents on their state computer.

Result: An agreed Stipulation and Order was entered on May 12, 2023, imposing a civil penalty of $5,000.

$5,000 RCW 42.52.160
2023-021 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Administrative Office Assistant 3 with Employment Security Department, agreed that they may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for private benefit or gain. Evidence indicated they used their state issued cell phone and computer for online streaming, Facebook and YouTube and sent over 1,000 text messages that were personal in nature from their state cell phone.

Result: An agreed Stipulation and Order was entered on November 17, 2023, imposing a civil penalty of $5,000 with $2,500 suspended.

$5,000 RCW 42.52.160
2013-004 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee of the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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
2018-066 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Work Source Administrator with the Department of Employment Security, may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for private benefit and gain. Evidence indicated that they extensively used the state vehicle for their own personal use, allowed an unauthorized driver to take the car resulting in it being impounded and used their state computer and cell phone for personal benefit.

Result: A Stipulated agreement was entered on July 10, 2020 imposing a civil penalty of $4,000.

$4,000 RCW 42.52.160
2022-015 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Unemployment Insurance Specialist 2 with the Employment Security Department violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using their state computer to store several hundred photographs, personal documents, and emails. Additionally, they used their state computer to browse the internet, including to log onto social media platforms.

Result: A final order of Default was entered on May 12, 2023, imposing a civil penalty of $4,000.

$4,000 RCW 42.52.160
2022-031 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former WorkSource Specialist 4 with the Employment Security Department, agreed that they may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for private benefit or gain and accessing confidential information for non-work-related purposes.

Result: An agreed Stipulation and Order was entered on March 10, 2023, imposing a civil penalty of $3,500 with $1,000 suspended.

$3,500 RCW 42.52.050, RCW 42.52.160
1997-002 Employment Security Department

Violation: A Department of Employment Security employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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
2020-013 Employment Security Department

Violation: A Work Source Specialist may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for private benefit and gain and for using state resources to support outside employment.

Result: An agreed Stipulation and Order was entered on March 12, 2021 imposing a civil penalty of $3,000 with $500 suspended.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160
2022-023 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department, agreed that they may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for private benefit and gain and for an outside business. Evidence indicated that they used their state computer to access their outside business website, to browse the internet including hundreds of personal Google searches and shopping.

Result: An agreed Stipulation and Order was entered on September 8, 2023 imposing a civil penalty of $3,000.

$3,000 RCW 42.52.160
2001-031 Employment Security Department

Violation: A Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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 may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they accepted a $100 gift from a vendor they 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
2012-012 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used their 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
2012-010 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used their 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
2012-007 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Interviewer for the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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
2018-020 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for their private benefit and gain. Evidence found that they used their state computer to conduct business for outside organizations.

Result: An agreed stipulation was entered on November 9, 2018 imposing a civil penalty of $2,500.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2013-011 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee of the Department of Employment Security may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used state resources for personal benefit. Evidence indicated that they used their 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
2013-003 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee of the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used state resources for personal interests.

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

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

Violation: A former employee with the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used state resources to further their outside interpreting services. They also stored over 800 non-work-related audio files, 28 video files and 1,964 non-work-related photos on their state computer.

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

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
2023-001 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Economic Analyst 3 with the Employment Security Department, agreed that they may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by using state resources for private benefit or gain. Evidence indicated that they used their state computer for personal web browsing, including accessing a foreign bank account.

Result: An agreed Stipulation and Order was entered on September 8, 2023, imposing a civil penalty of $2,500 with $1,250 suspended.

$2,500 RCW 42.52.160
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 with Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used their 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
2016-075 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they accepted a post-state employment position with Monster Government Solutions, LLC. Monster had a contract with Employment Security and then worked under that contract providing training and support.

Result: A Final Order of Default was entered on November 9, 2018 imposing a civil penalty of $2,000.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.080
2018-040 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with Employment Security agreed that he may have violated the Ethics Act when they hired a client to work in their outside business.

Result: A Stipulation was entered on January 11, 2019 imposing a civil penalty of $2,000 with $500 suspended.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.020
2018-044 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Tax Specialist with the Employment Security Department violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they failed to pay the Department of Enterprise Services for parking in the Plaza Garage for a number of years.

Result: A final order of Default was entered on September 13, 2019 imposing a civil penalty of $2,000.

$2,000 RCW 42.52.160
2012-062 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former employee with the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used state resources to conduct an outside business. Records indicated that they 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
2010-071 Employment Security Department

Violation: An Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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
2014-064 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Unemployment Specialist with Employment Security Department violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they stored an excessive amount of personal data on their state computer, including pictures, music, movies and documents. They 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
2012-011 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used their 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
2012-008 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee for the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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
2012-009 Employment Security Department

Violation: An employee with the Employment Security Department may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they 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
2000-004 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used state owned equipment to support their 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: A Former Employment Security Department supervisor may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they and their spouse entered into a real estate contract with a subordinate they 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
2016-079 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Employment Security Department employee may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used state resources for their private benefit and gain.

Result: An agreed Stipulation was approved on May 11, 2018 imposing a civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160
2019-035 Employment Security Department

Violation: A former Job Training Counselor with the Employment Security Department violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when they used the state fuel car to put fuel in their personal vehicle. Evidence also indicated that they used their state computer to browse the internet, to view YouTube videos and to send and receive personal email.

Result: An Order of Default was entered on November 13, 2020 imposing a civil penalty of $1,000.

$1,000 RCW 42.52.160