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Whistleblower Protections

The California Whistleblower Protection Act, protects every state employee who files a complaint from suffering any retaliation by his or her state employer for having made the complaint. The Whistleblower Protection Act forbids every state official and employee from retaliating or attempting to retaliate against any employee or applicant for employment who reports an improper activity.

CSU Executive Order 1058 protects current and former University employees from retaliation for reporting alleged incidents of improper governmental activities and/or significant threats to health and safety. The University President has appointed Ted Kadowaki, Associate Vice President,as the University's Whistleblower Retaliation contact.

"Whistleblower Retaliation" is an intentional act of reprisal.

What is Whistleblower Retaliation?

by a CSU employee on a current or former employee for filing a whistleblower complaint. The reprisal could be a threat, act of intimidation, or attempt to intimidate, coerce, or other similar act that could adversely affect the complainant's terms and conditions of employment.

Your Legal Protection from Retaliation

California Government Code Section 8547.12(a) of the “California Whistleblower Protection Act”:

  • Protects your identity (except from law enforcement)
  • Helps guard against intimidation, threats, or coercion by state employees that could interfere with your right to disclose improper government activities
  • Helps keep you safe from reprisal, retaliation, threats, or coercion for reporting such information

What should I do if I believe that I have been threatened with retaliation?

You can file a retaliation complaint within 12 months of the most recent alleged act of retaliation. You may use the Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint Form or any other written format that clearly indicates the intent to file a complaint of retaliation for a protected disclosure or specifically references CSU Executive Order 1058. The complaint must contain the following:

  1. The complainant's name, work title or position applied for, and mailing address.
  2. A detailed description of the actions that constituted the alleged improper governmental activity or the condition that may significantly threaten health or safety of CSU employees or the public, including the name(s) and title(s) of the responsible CSU employee(s).
  3. The name(s) of the individual(s) to whom the improper governmental activity or health or safety condition was reported, and the date and manner of the disclosure.
  4. A description of the retaliatory actions, including the date(s), the name(s) and title(s) of the CSU employee(s) who retaliated, and an explanation of the reasons why those actions constituted retaliation.
  5. A list of witnesses, including the facts known by each.
  6. Copies of documentary evidence that supports the retaliation complaint.
  7. A dated and signed statement by the complainant under penalty of perjury that the complaint is true, or is believed by the complainant to be true.

The complaint should be filed with:

Ted Kadowaki, Associate Vice President
Budget and University Services
1250 Bellflower Blvd., BH-320
Long Beach, CA 90840-0119

The Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint Form must be personally delivered, or sent by electronic or certified mail.