Monday, November 30, 2015

Did you Know - In Pennsylvania Child Abuse Reporting is Protected Activity

Under a Pennsylvania statute, an employee may bring a lawsuit if (s)he is "discharged from employment or is discriminated against with respect to compensation, hire, tenure, terms, conditions or privileges of employment" as a result of making a good faith report of child abuse. 23 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6320.

Not official use.
The law covers both mandated reporters and anyone who is "encouraged" to report child abuse. However, "[a]ny person" is encouraged to report child abuse under the statute, so that seems to cover everyone. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has established a ChildLine to accept reports of child abuse 24-7.

The statute provides for "appropriate relief, which may include reinstatement of the plaintiff with back pay."