Non-Retaliation & Whistle Blowers Guidelines | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Non-Retaliation & Whistle Blowers Guidelines

NWACC prohibits retaliation based on a protected activity, such as the filing of a complaint of alleged discrimination (including discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment) or participation in the investigation of such a claim. Any witness, complainant or respondent involved in an investigation shall not be retaliated against for their participation in the fact-finding process.

The Arkansas Whistle-Blower Act prohibits a public employer from taking adverse action against a public employee who communicates in good faith to an appropriate authority the existence of waste of public funds, property or manpower or a violation of law, participates in or gives information in an investigation, hearing, court proceeding, legislative inquiry or administrative review, or objects to carrying out a directive the public employee reasonably believes violates the law.

To anonymously report suspicions of illegal activity by government officials, call the FBI hotline at 501-221-9100 (press option 8) OR 501-221-8200, or call the Arkansas State Police at 800-553-3820.

This notice summarizes certain portions of the Arkansas Whistle-Blower Act. For more information, consult Act 1523 of 1999, as amended, and Ark. Code Ann. §§ 21-1-601 to -610.