A California DMV Employee Who Slept at Work Every Day For 3 Hours Cost the State $40,000
CALIFORNIA — July 26, 2018
The Californian woman, an employee at the Department of Motor Vehicles, was taking three-hour naps at work every day for almost four years.
According to the state auditor’s report, the DMV worker napped at her desk for an estimated 2,200 hours of work time between February 2014 and December 2017, costing the state more than $40,000. The employee’s name was not released.
The woman claims that she has serious health problems including anemia and insomnia.
The unnamed data operator will reportedly not be disciplined because the infractions weren't properly documented.
She also may have a medical condition which made her propensity to sleep at work unavoidable. The employees' doctor told her employer that the woman "could not perform the duties the job required" back in 2016.
The DMV reassigned her to another position in January 2017, but she continued to sleep at work.
The employee continues to work for the state, according to the audit.
The woman works as a data operator, a position responsible for keying in changes of address and new vehicle ownership forms. According to DMV, the employee processed an average of 200 documents a day, while her colleagues were able to get through 560 documents a day. It's possible the employee's naps also contributed to the increasingly harrowing wait times at California's DMV.
The DMV's website said that a trip to the DMV sans appointment takes an average of four hours and 10 minutes in Sacramento, four hours in San Francisco, three hours and 11 minutes in San Jose, three hours and 10 minutes in Oakland, and two hours and 42 minutes in Los Angeles.
It was one of 1,481 cases the auditor’s office investigated during the past year.
Among the other cases highlighted:
- A manager at California State University, Dominguez Hills, approved the purchase of a $7,000 electric vehicle quick-charging station before realizing it would cost $100,000 to install it because it was not compatible with the campus’ electrical infrastructure. The charger has not been used since the university bought it in 2013.
- An employee at Kern Valley State Prison routinely left work 45 minutes early, resulting in 312 hours of missed work time at a cost to the state of nearly $9,000.
- Two groundskeepers at California State University Fresno missed thousands of hours of work between January 2013 and December 2017 by arriving late, taking long breaks and leaving during their shifts for hours. In one day alone, investigators watched as one of the employees missed seven hours of her shift.
Health issues like depression, sleep apnea, celiacs disease, narcolepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, and insomnia can leave people feeling drowsy during the day, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Earlier a University of Pennsylvania study found that older people who napped for 30 to 90 minutes in the afternoon experienced a notable cognitive boost.
"A cross‐sectional association was found between moderate postlunch napping and better cognition in Chinese older adults. The cross‐sectional design and self‐reported measures of sleep limited the findings. Longitudinal studies with objective napping measures are needed to further test this hypothesis," the study concluded.