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Here are more examples of misconduct by Oklahoma Department of Human Services employees. All suspensions were without pay.
Oklahoman Published: December 25, 2011

• A nurse at the Pauls Valley center was fired for not treating a resident who suffered a leg fracture after falling. The nurse was on duty but was outside jumping her car battery. She did not come back in, saying she was going off duty, when she learned by phone of the injury. She also let her nursing license lapse.

• An Oklahoma County human resources manager was fired for making harassing phone calls. She was accused of harassing a DHS customer who was seeing her former boyfriend. The customer reported being called a whore and slut and being told she should watch her back or she would never see her children again. The worker accessed the customer's confidential files to get the phone number.

• A Bryan County social services specialist was fired after her son was charged with domestic abuse and she confronted his girlfriend about dropping the case. Her son's girlfriend was a DHS client. The specialist also falsified her time sheet to show she was on the job when police actually had her blocked in her car at the client's grandmother's house.

• A Tulsa County child-welfare specialist was fired for dishonesty for working at a hospital while claiming to be “temporarily totally disabled” and on extended medical leave from DHS. She was performing complex duties at the hospital for a master's degree at the University of Oklahoma's Tulsa campus.

• A Tulsa County social services specialist was fired for misconduct for accepting $1,400 from a DHS client. The worker said she was paid for helping the client write a book. The client stated it was a loan. The client also said the worker asked to borrow the money after becoming aware the client had received a lump-sum Social Security check.

• A Tulsa programs manager was demoted for sexually harassing female employees he supervised. One employee said he had her rub his thumb and made persistent sexual advances. Another said he called her breasts meat and gave her “an inaccurate, biased and unsatisfactory” job performance evaluation when she rejected his advances. He also was accused of placing his hands on a woman's buttocks, of hugging women around the waist and shoulders and of getting “close enough to blow breath on their necks as he is hugging and touching their hair.”

• A Cleveland County social worker was fired for lying to get welfare benefits for the care of his wife's granddaughter. He did not disclose that the child's mother had moved back into his home, making the child ineligible for state assistance.

• A Tulsa County caseworker was fired for lying about making face-to-face visits to homes to check on developmentally disabled DHS clients. The worker actually checked on the clients by phone but wrote observations like, “Home looks nice and clean, decorated.”

• A Delaware County child-welfare specialist was fired for possibly compromising a criminal investigation by revealing confidential information to a counselor suspected of sexual abuse. The specialist also had failed to make required monthly visits on a foster child.

• An employee at the DHS client advocacy office was fired for ethical violations and misuse of a state computer for doing outside work on state time. Her outside work included conducting a sexual harassment investigation for the state medical examiner's office. She faked illness and took sick leave to do some interviews for that investigation.


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