V.A. Refuses To Terminate Employees Having Sex In Office, High On Cocaine

V.A. Refuses To Terminate Employees Having Sex In Office, High On Cocaine

V.A. Refuses To Terminate Employees Having Sex In Office, High On Cocaine

The Department of Veterans Affairs seems unwilling to fire its employees, regardless of outlandish conduct. A new investigation has turned up instances in which employees had sex at work or slept in patient rooms only to receive mild reprimands.

This misconduct occurred in hospital facilities spread out among West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Three facilities, one in each region, disciplined, but did not fire, a total of 300 employees, according to a Freedom of Information Act request by NBC4 Washington.

In one case at the Martinsburg facility in West Virginia, employees actually had sex at the center. Another employee slept under a blanket in a patient room during work hours. Still another was placed under investigation for being high on cocaine.

One employee dealt heroin off facility grounds and was subsequently arrested. The VA allowed that employee to return to work.  At a facility in Maryland, the VA reprimanded an employee for not treating a veteran who suffered a head injury at the medical center.

The VA issued a statement to NBC4 Washington, saying, “Where performance or conduct issues warrant removal, VA takes appropriate action to terminate employment.”

Employees being high on cocaine or having sex at work is, apparently, not serious enough to warrant removal.