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Washington DOC Guard Fired For Sexually Harassing Co Workers

Ex Washington State Department of Corrections guard John Liniger appealed his dismissal for sexually harassing three female guards. The termination was affirmed.

Liniger began working at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in 1992. He was suspended in 1998 for making sexual advances and engaging in forceful sexual misconduct against three female co workers. He forced kisses on them, grabbing their buttocks and breasts. Liniger was known for "clowning around," cutting co workers' hair without their permission and making inappropriate comments over the intercom. He would stop the patrol vehicle while making rounds with female guards and not resume driving until they kissed him. Fearing that they would lose their jobs if they reported his actions postponed his termination until they decided that enough was enough. During the investigation he forged documents in an attempt to refute the allegations. However, the fraud was apparent. He appealed.

The Washington State Personnel Appeals Board affirmed the termination holding that Liniger's "behavior was undesirable and offensive and created a hostile work environment." See: Liniger v. Department of Corrections, Wash. Personnel Appeals Board, Case No. DISM 98 0012 (Dec. 30, 1998).

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