1000 - Governing Principles

1760-7280 Prohibition Against Retaliation

 

The board of education prohibits and will not tolerate any form of reprisal, retaliation or discrimination against any employee who (1) in good faith, has made or intends to make a report that there has been a violation of federal, state or local law, regulation or public policy due to a practice, policy, act or omission of the board of education, of a school system employee or of an entity/person with whom the school system has a business relationship; or (2) has refused to carry out a directive which may constitute a violation of state or federal law, rule or regulation or poses a substantial or specific danger to the public health and safety.

An employee who reasonably believes that any such violation exists may file a grievance in accordance with policy 1750-7220, Grievance Procedure for Employees, or a complaint in accordance with policy 1720-4015-7225, Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure.

The provisions of this policy apply only to those situations in which an employee brings the alleged unlawful activity, policy or practice to the attention of school officials or the board and provides school officials or the board with a reasonable opportunity to investigate and correct the alleged unlawful activity. If necessary, school officials or the board may specify reasonable steps to protect the complaining employee from retaliation.

Each employee will receive a copy of this policy and sign a statement verifying his or her receipt and understanding of this policy.

Legal References:
Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 18 U.S.C. 1513(e); G.S. 115C-335.5; 126-5(c5), -84, -85, -86, -87, -88
Cross References:
Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure (policy 1720/4015/7225), Grievance Procedure for Employees (policy 1750/7220)
Adopted:
Monday, 10 May 2010
Last Updated:
Monday, 13 February 2012