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Sec1553-WhistleBlowerProtection

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This is section 1553 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Phoenix Police Public Safety Manager Jack Harris and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Violate Section 1553, with workplace retailation of an employee that brought statistics to light that were false.
This is section 1553 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Phoenix Police Public Safety Manager Jack Harris and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Violate Section 1553, with workplace retailation of an employee that brought statistics to light that were false.

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(a)ProhibitionofReprisals-Anemployeeofanynon-Federalemployerreceivingcoveredfundsmaynotbedischarged,demoted, orotherwisediscriminatedagainstasareprisalfordisclosing,includingadisclosuremadeintheordinarycourseofan employee'sduties,totheBoard,aninspectorgeneral,theComptrollerGeneral,amemberofCongress,aStateorFederal regulatoryorlawenforcementagency,apersonwithsupervisoryauthorityovertheemployee(orsuchotherpersonworkingfor theemployerwhohastheauthoritytoinvestigate,discover,orterminatemisconduct),acourtorgrandjury,theheadofaFederalagency,ortheirrepresentatives,informationthattheemployeereasonablybelievesisevidenceof--
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(iii)SEMI-ANNUALREPORTONEXTENSIONS-Theinspectorgeneralshallincludeinsemi-annualreportsto Congressalistofthoseinvestigationsforwhichtheinspectorgeneralreceivedanextension. (3)DISCRETIONNOTTOINVESTIGATECOMPLAINTS-(A)INGENERAL-Theinspectorgeneralmaydecidenottoconductorcontinueaninvestigationunderthissectionuponprovidingtothepersonsubmittingthecomplaintandthenon-Federalemployera.writtenexplanation(subjecttotheauthoritytoexcludeinformationunderparagraph(4)(C»forsuchdecisi'on.··"..
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(B)ASSUMPTIONOFRIGHTSTOCIVILREMEDY-Uponreceiptofanexplanationofadecisionnottoconductorcontinueaninvestigationundersubparagraph(A),thepersonsubmittingacomplaintshallimmediatelyassumetherighttoacivilremedyundersubsection(c)(3)asifthe210-dayperiodspecifiedundersuchsubsectionhasalreadypassed.(C)SEMI-ANNUALREPORT-Theinspectorgeneralshallincludeinsemi-annualreportstoCongressalistofthose investigationstheinspectorgeneraldecidednottoconductorcontinueunderthisparagraph. (4)ACCESSTOINVESTIGATIVEFILEOFINSPECTORGENERAL-(A)INGENERAL-Thepersonallegingareprisalunderthissectionshallhaveaccesstotheinvestigationfileoftheappropriateinspectorgeneralinaccordancewithsection552aoftitle5,UnitedStatesCode(commonlyreferredtoasthe'PrivacyAct').TheinvestigationoftheinspectorgeneralshallbedeemedclosedforpurposesofdisclosureundersuchsectionwhenanemployeefilesanappealtoanagencyheadoraCourtofcompetentjurisdiction.(B)CIVILACTION-IntheeventthepersonallegingthereprisalbringssuitundersubsectionCc)(3),thepersonallegingthereprisalandthenon-FederalemployershallhaveaccesstotheinvestigativefileoftheinspectorgeneralinaccordancewiththePrivacyAct.(C)EXCEPTION-Theinspectorgeneralmayexcludefromdisclosure-- (i)informationprotectedfromdisclosurebyaprovisionoflaw;and'(ii)anyadditionalinformationtheinspectorgeneraldeterminesdisclosureofwhichwouldimpedeacontinuinginvestigation,providedthatsuchinformationisdisclosedoncesuchdisclosurewouldnolongerimpedesuchinvestigation,unlesstheinspectorgeneraldeterminesthatdisclosureoflawenforcementtechniques,procedures,orinformationcouldreasonablybeexpectedtoriskcircumventionofthelawordisclosetheidentityofaconfidentialSOurce.(5)PRIVACYOFINFORMATION-Aninspectorgeneralinvestigatinganallegedreprisalunderthissectionmaynotrespondtoany
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ordiscloseanyinformationfromoraboutanypersonallegingsuchreprisal,exceptinaccordancewiththeprovisionsofsection552aoftitle5,UnitedStatesCode,orasrequiredbyanyotherapplicableFederallaw.(c)RemedyandEnforcementAuthority-(1)BURDENOFPROOF-(A)DISCLOSUREASCONTRIBUTINGFACTORINREPRISAL-(i)INGENERAL-Apersonallegingareprisalunderthissectionshallbedeemedtohaveaffirmativelyestablishedtheoccurrenceofthereprisalifthepersondemonstratesthatadisclosuredescribedinsubsection(a)wasacontributingfactorinthereprisal.(ii)USEOFCIRCUMSTANTIALEVIDENCE-Adisclosuremaybedemonstratedasacontributingfactorinareprisalforpurposesofthisparagraphbycircumstantialevidence,including--(I)evidencethattheofficialundertakingthereprisalknewofthedisclosure;or (II)evidencethatthereprisaloccurredwithinaperiodoftimeafterthedisclosuresuchthatareasonablepersoncouldconcludethatthedisclosurewasacontributingfactorinthereprisal.(B)OPPORTUNITYFORREBUTTAL-Theheadofanagencymaynotfindtheoccurrenceofareprisalwithrespecttoareprisalthatisaffirmativelyestablishedundersubparagraph(A)ifthenon-Federalemployerdemonstratesbyclearandconvincingevidencethatthenon-Federalemployerwouldhavetakentheactionconstitutingthereprisalintheabsenceofthedisclosure.(2)AGENCYACTION-Notlaterthan30daysafterreceivinganinspectorgeneralreportundersubsection(b),theheadoftheagencyconcernedshalldeterminewhetherthereissufficientbasistoconcludethatthenon-Federalemployerhassubjectedthecomplainanttoareprisalprohibitedbysubsection(a)andshalleitherissueanorderdenyingreliefinwholeorinpartorshalltake1ormoreofthefollowingactions:(A)Ordertheemployertotakeaffirmativeactiontoabatethereprisal.(B)Ordertheemployertoreinstatethepersontothepositionthatthepersonheldbeforethereprisal,togetherwiththecompensation(includingbackpay),compensatorydamages,employmentbenefits,andothertermsandconditionsofemploymentthatwouldapplytothepersoninthatpositionifthereprisalhadnotbeentaken.
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(C)Ordertheemployertopaythecomplainantanamountequaltotheaggregateamountofallcostsandexpenses(includingattorneys'feesandexpertwitnesses'fees)thatwerereasonablyincurredbythecomplainantfor,orinconnectionwith,bringingthecomplaintregardingthereprisal,asdeterminedbytheheadoftheagencyoracourtofcompetentjurisdiction.(3)CIVILACTION-Iftheheadofanagencyissuesanorderdenyingreliefinwholeorinpartunderparagraph(1),hasnotissuedanorderwithin210daysafterthesubmissionofacomplaintundersubsection(b),orinthecaseofanextensionoftimeundersubsection(b)(2)(B)(i),within30daysaftertheexpirationoftheextensionoftime,ordecidesundersubsection(b)(3)nottoinvestigateortodiscontinueaninvestigation,andthereisnoshowingthatsuchdelayordecisionisduetothebadfaithofthecomplainant,thecomplainantshallbedeemedtohaveexhaustedalladministrativeremedieswithrespecttothecomplaint,andthecomplainantmaybringadenovoactionatlaworequityagainsttheemployertoseekcompensatorydamagesandotherreliefavailableunderthissectionintheappropriatedistrictcourtoftheUnitedStates,whichshallhavejurisdictionoversuchanactionwithoutregardtotheamountincontroversy.Suchanactionshall,attherequestofeitherpartytotheaction,betriedbythecourtwithajury.
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JUDICIALENFORCEMENTOFORDER-Wheneverapersonfailstocomplywithanorderissuedunderparagraph(2),theheadoftheagencyshallfileanactionforenforcementofsuchorderintheUnitedStatesdistrictcourtforadistrictinwhichthereprisalwasfoundtohaveoccurred.Inanyactionbroughtunderthisparagraph,thecourtmaygrantappropriaterelief,includinginjunctiverelief,compensatoryandexemplarydamages,andattorneysfeesandcosts.
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JUDICIALREVIEW-Anypersonadverselyaffectedoraggrievedbyanorderissuedunderparagraph(2)mayobtainreviewoftheorder'sconformancewiththissubsection,andanyregulationsissuedtocarryoutthissection,intheUnitedStatescourtofappealsforacircuitinwhichthereprisalisallegedintheordertohaveoccurred.Nopetitionseekingsuchreviewmaybefiledmorethan60daysafterissuanceoftheorderbytheheadoftheagency.Reviewshallconformtochapter
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WAIVEROFRIGHTSANDREMEDIES-Exceptasprovidedunderparagraph(3),therightsandremediesprovidedforinthissectionmaynotbewaivedbyanyagreement,policy,form,orconditionofemployment,includingbyanypredisputearbitrationagreement.(2)PREDISPUTEARBITRATIONAGREEMENTS-Exceptasprovidedunderparagraph(3),nopredisputearbitrationagreementshallbevalidorenforceableifitrequiresarbitrationofadisputearisingunderthissection.
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anarbitrationprovisioninacollectivebargainingagreementshallbeenforceableastodisputesarisingunderthecollectivebargainingagreement.(e)RequirementtoPostNoticeofRightsandRemedies-Anyemployerreceivingcoveredfundsshallpostnoticeoftherightsandremediesprovidedunderthissection.(f)RulesofConstruction-(1)NOIMPLIEDAUTHORITYTORETALIATE.FORNON-PROTECTEDDISCLOSURES-Nothinginthissectionmaybeconstruedtoauthorizethedischargeof,demotionof,ordiscriminationagainstanemployeeforadisclosureotherthanadisclosureprotectedbysubsection(a)ortomodifyorderogatefromarightorremedyotherwiseavailabletotheemployee.(2)RELATIONSHIPTOSTATELAWS-Nothinginthissectionmaybeconstruedtopreempt,preclude,orlimittheprotectionsprovidedforpublicorprivateemployeesunderStatewhistleblowerlaws.(g)Definitions-Inthissection:(1)ABUSEOFAUTHORITY-Thetermabuseofauthority'meansanarbitraryandcapriciousexerciseofauthoritybyacontractingofficialoremployeethatadverselyaffectstherightsofanyperson,orthatresultsinpersonalgain-oradvantagetotheofficialoremployeeortopreferredotherpersons.(2)COVEREDFUNDS-Thetermcoveredfunds'meansanycontract,grant,orotherpaymentreceivedbyanynon-Federalemployerif--(A)theFederalGovernmentprovidesanyportionofthemoneyorpropertythatisprovided,requested,ordemanded;and(B)atleastsomeofthefundsareappropriatedorotherwisemadeavailablebythisAct.(3)EMPLOYEE-Thetermemployee'--(A)exceptasprovidedundersubparagraph(B),meansanindividualperformingservicesonbehalfofanemployer;and(6)doesnotincludeanyFederalemployeeormemberoftheuniformedservices(asthattermisdefinedinsection101Ca)(S)oftitlelO/UnitedStatesCode).(4)NON-FEDERALEMPLOYER-Thetermnon-Federalemployer'--
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