Bill Summaries: H 643 PROTECT OFFICERS FROM RETALIATION.

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  • Summary date: Apr 9 2013 - More information

    Enacts new GS 153A-99.2, protection from retaliation for county law enforcement officers, and new GS 160A-290, protection from retaliation for municipal law enforcement officers, as the title indicates.

    Prohibits an employing agency from discharging, threatening, or otherwise discriminating against a law enforcement officer regarding the officer's compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because the officer or a person acting on behalf of the officer reports or is about to report verbally or in writing any described activity unless the officer knows or has reason to believe that the report is inaccurate. Prohibits a law enforcement officer from retaliating against another law enforcement officer because the officer or a person acting on behalf of the officer reports or is about to report verbally or in writing any described activity. Prohibits an employing agency from discharging, threatening, or otherwise discriminating against a county law enforcement officer regarding the officer's compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because the officer has refused to carry out a directive which in fact constitutes a violation of State or federal law, rule, or regulation or poses a substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety. Prohibits a law enforcement officer shall retaliate against another law enforcement officer because the officer has refused to carry out a directive which may constitute a violation of State or federal law, rule, or regulation or pose a substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety.

    Each section respectively provides a statement of policy, permits civil actions for injunctive relief or other remedies, allows a court to order remedies in rendering a judgment in an action under this section, and requires the employing agency to providenotice of protections and obligations for employees under this section.

    Effective October 1, 2013, and applies to acts incurring liability on or after that date.


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