Wrongly fired employee awarded interest on back payby anonymous on January 6, 2013
An arbitrator has awarded interest on back pay to a grievant found to have been incorrectly fired.
The grievant, an employee for the Spokane County Roads Department, inadvertently took home his corrected answer sheet from a flagger class administered by a county instructor. The employee realized his error, called the administrator to apologize, and returned the sheet the next day. But he was let go three weeks later.
Council 2 filed a grievance on the employee’s behalf and the arbitrator, M. Zane Lumbley, rescinded the termination and directed that the employee receive back pay.
In a subsequent application, Council 2 Senior Counsel Audrey Eide argued that the back pay should include interest. Lumbley agreed, finding interest at 3 percent to be appropriate.