The Whistleblower Act, enacted by Washington State Legislature in 1982, encourages state employees to report improper governmental actions. The law makes retaliation against whistleblowers unlawful and authorizes remedies should it occur.
An improper governmental action is defined as any action by an employee undertaken in the performance of the employee's official duties which:
Whistleblowers must file assertions in good faith. RCW 42.40.020 states that an employee must not knowingly report false, malicious or frivolous information, recklessly disregard the truth or omit relevant information. It states that the identity of any person, who in good faith provides information in a whistleblower investigation, will be given confidentiality..
The Whistleblower Act specifically excludes personnel actions for which other remedies exist. Excluded actions include: employee grievances, violations of state civil service laws, labor agreement violations, reprimands and other disciplinary actions..
University employees, students or others may file complaints of improper governmental actions in the following ways:
Washington State Auditor's Office
Attn: State Employee Whistleblower Program
PO Box 40031
Olympia WA 98504-0031
web site: www.sao.wa.gov
Complaints of improper governmental actions may be brought to the attention of the following personnel:
Dr. Mary Cullinan
Laurie Connelly, J.D.
Associate to the President
Jo Lynn Rogers
Director of Human Resources, Rights and Risk
phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)
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