§ 23-17.11-9. Retaliation prohibited.
(a) No discriminatory, disciplinary or retaliatory action shall be taken by the facility against any officer or employee of a facility; or against any guardian or family member of any resident; or against any resident of the facility; or against any volunteer, for any communication by him or her with the director or the attorney general or their designees pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. The identity of individuals who ask to remain anonymous shall be protected. All anonymous communications shall be investigated but shall not constitute the sole basis for disciplinary action by the director or the attorney general.
(b) Enforcement. Any person who believes that he or she has been retaliated or discriminated against in violation of subsection (a) may file a civil action within three (3) years of the date of retaliation or discrimination.
(c) Remedies. If the court determines that violation has occurred, the court may order the person who committed the violation to:
(1) Pay compensatory damages, costs of litigation and attorneys' fees; and/or
(2) Take other appropriate actions to remedy any part retaliation or discrimination.
The protections of this section shall not apply to any person who knowingly or recklessly provides substantially false information to the director or the attorney general or their designees.
(P.L. 2005, ch. 159, § 3; P.L. 2005, ch. 226, § 3.)