(a) An employer of any person required to make reports under section 260E.06, subdivision 1, or 260E.11, subdivision 1, shall not retaliate against the person for reporting in good faith maltreatment pursuant to this chapter or against a child with respect to whom a report is made, because of the report.
(b) The employer of any person required to report under section 260E.06, subdivision 1, or 260E.11, subdivision 1, who retaliates against the person because of a report of maltreatment is liable to that person for actual damages and, in addition, a penalty of up to $10,000.
(c) There shall be a rebuttable presumption that any adverse action within 90 days of a report is retaliatory. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "adverse action" refers to action taken by an employer of a person required to report under section 260E.06, subdivision 1, or 260E.11, subdivision 1, which is involved in a report against the person making the report or the child with respect to whom the report was made because of the report, and includes, but is not limited to:
(1) discharge, suspension, termination, or transfer from the facility, institution, school, or agency;
(2) discharge from or termination of employment;
(3) demotion or reduction in remuneration for services; or
(4) restriction or prohibition of access to the facility, institution, school, agency, or persons affiliated with it.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes