How can C.O.P.S. prevent retaliation?
No one wants to be “in the spotlight” at work. Bringing up problems in the workplace to your supervisor or management should be an easy enough task. But from some of the anonymous messages we have received in the last 24 hours tells us that is not the case.
Officers rights according to the law
According to the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights, police departments can only take negative action against a police employee as a result of a sustained complaint of misconduct. Specifically:
There shall be no discipline, demotion, dismissal, or adverse action of any sort taken against a police employee or law enforcement officer unless the investigation is conducted in accordance with the minimum standards provided for in this Section. Any discipline, demotion, dismissal, or adverse action of any sort whatsoever taken against a police employee or law enforcement officer without complete compliance with the foregoing minimum standards is an absolute nullity. – L. R.S. 40:2531(C)
What does C.O.P.S. know about retaliation?
The men and women behind C.O.P.S. have done extensive research on the legal aspects of retaliation in the workplace. Remember, every police officer has the right to:
- Share information about pay
- Discuss employee-employer relations
- Wear union-affiliated buttons or distribute union-related literature
- Complain about safety concerns
- Complain about discriminatory, unethical, or illegal workplace practices
If you have been retaliated against for any of the above reasons, or you feel that you are being pressured into silence about something that is bothering you, please, contact us immediately.