CHAPTER 97

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 262

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 51, TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WHO REPORT SUSPECTED VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 51, Title 29 of the Delaware Code, by adding a new Section 5115 which shall read as follows:

"Section 5115. Protection of Public Employees.

(a) No state employee shall be discharged, threatened, or otherwise discriminated against with respect to the terms or conditions of his employment because that state employee reported, in a written or oral communication to the Office of Auditor of Accounts, a violation or suspected violation of a law or regulation promulgated under the law of this State or the United States unless the employee imows that the report Is false.

(b) An employee who alleges a violation of this Section may bring a civil action for appropriate injunctive relief, actual damages, or both, within ninety days after the occurrence of the alleged violation of this Section.

(a) For the purposes of this Section, employees of school districts shall be considered state employees."

Approved July 8, 1983.