South Carolina

Code Section
8-27-10, et seq.

Prohibited Activity
Can not dismiss, suspend, demote, or decrease compensation if employee files a report for violation of federal or state statute, laws, regulations, ordinances, substantial abuse, misuse, or loss of substantial public funds or resources

Public or Private Employees
Public

Opportunity for Employer to Correct?
N/A

Remedies
If employee report results in saving of public funds, 25% of estimated net savings from first year implementation or a maximum of $2,000 will be rewarded employee; once employee exhausted all available grievance or other administrative remedies, can file a nonjury civil action within 1 year of reporting or exhaustion of all available grievance, judicial or administrative remedies to get reinstatement, back pay, actual damages (maximum $15,000), reasonable attorney’s fees (maximum $10,000 for trial and $5,000 for appeal)

Penalties
N/A

Code Section
41-15-510, 520

Prohibited Activity
Can not discharge or discriminate if employee files complaint, institutes a proceeding or testifies regarding statutes,rules, or regulations regarding occupational safety and health

Public or Private Employees
Both

Opportunity for Employer to Correct?
N/A

Remedies
Can file complaint with commission of labor within 30 days of the violation for reinstatement, back pay and other
appropriate relief

Penalties
N/A


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