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Arizona Whistleblower Laws

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Code Section23-425 & 23-418
Prohibited Employer ActivityCan not discharge or discriminate if employee files a complaint, institutes a proceeding, or testifies regarding a violation of health or safety statutes
Protection for Public or Private Employees?Both
Opportunity for Employer to Correct?-
RemediesMay file a complaint with commissioner within 30 days of violation for reinstatement, back pay, and other appropriate relief
PenaltiesIf willful or repeated violating: maximum $7,000 for each violation; minimum $5,000 for each violation

Code Section38-531 to 38-534
Prohibited Employer ActivityAn employee who has control over personnel actions can not take reprisal against an employee for disclosure of information to public body on violation of any law or mismanagement, waste of funds, or abuse of authority
Protection for Public or Private Employees?Public
Opportunity for Employer to Correct?-
RemediesMay recover, under civil action, attorney's fees, costs, back pay, general and special damages and full reinstatement or injunctive relief; may make a complaint to appropriate independent personnel board, school district governing board, or community college governing board of discharged for disclosing; excludes state university or boards of regents which have a rule or provision for protecting employees at time personnel action is taken; employee can appeal final administrative decision or get trial de novo in superior court
PenaltiesCivil penalty, maximum $5,000

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