Policy No. 863
Area: Human Resources

Adopted: 06/27/06
Revisions Approved:

Description: Whistleblower Protection Policy


Employees are encouraged to raise serious, substantiated concerns regarding the business and personal ethics of Atlantic Cape Community College trustees, administrators, faculty and staff in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities.

As a practice, the college seeks to resolve issues through established internal channels; however, this policy reinforces Atlantic Cape’s commitment to open communication without fear of reprisal or victimization for raising concerns in good faith.

Atlantic Cape strives to abide by the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and other laws which protect workers.

“Whistleblowers” may not be punished for exercising rights afforded to them by law.   

Employees are protected from retaliation for complaining to employers, unions, OSHA, or other government agencies about unsafe or unhealthy workplace conditions; environmental problems; certain public safety hazards; accounting, auditing or other financial reporting fraud or misrepresentations; certain violations of federal securities fraud provisions; unethical business conduct; and related activities.

Procedure

Employees who believe they have been subject to retaliation for engaging in actions protected under the OSH Act may file complaints with the:

Marlton Area OSHA Office
Marlton Executive Park, Building 2
701 Route 73 South, Suite 120
Marlton, N.J. 08053
(856) 596-5200
(856) 596-5201 (Fax)

A person filing a complaint of discrimination or retaliation must show that:

  1. He or she engaged in protected activity
  2. The employer knew about that activity
  3. The employer subjected him or her to an adverse employment action
  4. The protected activity contributed to the adverse action

Discrimination complaints must be filed as soon as possible, most often within 30 days of the alleged reprisal.

For more information, visit www.whistleblower.gov

Employees can also call OSHA at 1-800-321-6742 or by contacting the Philadelphia regional office at (215) 861-4900

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