South Carolina law provides employment protections for state employees who report, either in writing or orally, wrongdoing by a public body. Wrongdoing is specifically defined as action by a public body which results in substantial abuse, misuse, destruction, or loss of substantial public funds or public resources. Wrongdoing also includes an allegation that a public employee has intentionally violated federal or state statutory law or regulations or other political subdivision ordinances, regulations, or a code of ethics, which violation is not merely technical or of a minimum nature.
A state employee may not be terminated, suspended, demoted, or reduced in compensation for making a good faith report of wrongdoing to an appropriate authority. Reports not made in good faith, however, may result in disciplinary action including termination. In addition, a public body can take disciplinary action against an employee for causes independent of the filing of a protected report. A public body may also take disciplinary action against any supervisor who retaliates against a public employee who files a report of wrongdoing.
To make such a report, a state employee must do so within 180 days of learning of the alleged wrongdoing. Reports can be made to the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Solicitor’s Office, the State Ethics Commission, the State Auditor, the Legislative Audit Council, the State Inspector General, or the Office of Attorney General. The report must contain the date of the disclosure, the name of the employee making the report, the nature of the wrongdoing, and the date or range of dates on which the wrongdoing allegedly occurred.
For more information, click here to see Chapter 27, Title 8 of the S.C. Code of Laws, et seq.
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Columbia SC, 29212-3552
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