County and City Employee
WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL OF COUNTY AND CITY EMPLOYEES  -  AFSCME AFL-CIO  - COUNCIL 2
County and City Employees
WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL OF COUNTY AND CITY EMPLOYEES - COUNCIL 2 - AFSCME AFL-CIO

Winter 2012

Wrongly fired employee awarded interest on back pay

by 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Council 2 filed a grievance on the employee’s behalf and the arbitrator, M. Zane Lumbley, rescinded the termination and directed that the employee receive back pay.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. 

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