City of Asheville October 5, 2017 (7 months ago)

Anti-retaliation policy

In a 10/3/17 article in the Citizen-Times, it mentioned that Buncombe County Commissioners "OK'd an expanded anti-retaliation policy to protect those who speak up within county government."

Does the City of Asheville have a similar anti-retaliation policy for city staff who report concerns or act as "whistleblowers"? Please provide a copy of any City of Asheville policy that covers anti-retaliation against employees. If no policy exists, does the City of Asheville intend to create such a policy?

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • October 27, 2017 3:33 pm

    6 months ago

    3:33pm

    Hi Ben,

    Thank you very much for your assistance with the request!
    This info. should satisfy the request.
    If in the future a policy document becomes available, I’ll update this on our website.
    Have a great day!

    Sunshine Request

    3:22pm

    Hello Sunshine,

    The following is our response to this records request.

    Human Resources staff are in the review process of a draft of a specific anti-retaliation policy. The City also has a Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline where employees can make reports anonymously. Currently there is no standalone anti-retaliation policy.

    Our Workplace Harassment policy speaks to the topic of retaliation: It is attached below.

    The City’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy also speaks to the threat of retaliation.

    Ben Fulmer

    **Editor’s note: See attachments at top left.


    Status: Completed
  • October 25, 2017 3:55 pm

    7 months ago

    5:37 pm

    Hi Ben,

    No problem. Thank you for letting me know!
    Thank you for your help ūüôā
    Sunshine Request.

    3:55pm

    Hello Sunshine,

    I’m emailing to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances all of the requests you have submitted in October will be delayed. The city recently made the move to gmail. The opengov email address transferred but I was only able to get access to it today. This is why you did not receive a confirmation letter or update when requested. I apologize for the inconvenience and assure you that we are working on your requests now.

    Ben Fulmer


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 19, 2017 4:21 pm

    7 months ago

    Hi City of Asheville,

    Just want to check in with you again about this specific request sent on Oct. 5, and check what the status may be.

    I will also follow up (in separate email threads) on the 5 other requests sent in to Asheville City Gov.

    Please confirm receipt of this request, Anti-retaliation policy, and let me know if you have any questions.

    Have a great evening!

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • October 10, 2017 3:53 pm

    7 months ago

    Good Afternoon City of Asheville, 

    I want to follow up with you about the status of 6 requests submitted to our website www.sunshinerequest.com and sent to City of Asheville. All of these were sent in last week and the previous week. Can you please confirm receipt of these requests?

    Email Subjects:

    Records Request: US Cellular Center change in concession worker ‘tip pool’ policy

    Records Request: Asheville Police Department Operating Cost Budget 2017-2018 Adopted

    Records Request: City of Asheville salaries on 10/1/2017

    Records Request: List of all the times Mayor Esther Manheimer has had to recuse herself from development votes

    Records Request: Political Action Campaigns & Conflicts of Interest

    Records Request: Anti-retaliation policy

    As always, thank you for your help!

    Have a sunny day!

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • October 5, 2017 5:15 pm

    7 months ago

    Hi City of Asheville,

    I’ve just realized that I can submit requests through¬†https://asheville.seamlessdocs.com/f/HqoFi3
    Before I start doing that though, I’d like to confirm with you whether this is your preferred method for how I should send future requests, or if I should continue to send via email. Also, please let me know if using the form will give me a confirmation email instantly when the request is sent and also if the confirmation includes a copy of the email – For the purposes of updating our own website, I like to update the requests as close to the time of the email being sent as is possible.
    Today, www.sunshinerequest.com received 3 new requests. I’m going to keep them in 3 separate email threads rather then send all together. I will send the other two momentarily.
    Subject: Anti-retaliation policy
    Message:¬†“In a 10/3/17 article in the Citizen-Times, it mentioned that Buncombe County Commissioners “OK’d an expanded anti-retaliation policy to protect those who speak up within county government.”
    Does the City of Asheville have a similar anti-retaliation policy for city staff who report concerns or act as “whistleblowers”? Please provide a copy of any City of Asheville policy that covers anti-retaliation against employees. If no policy exists, does the City of Asheville intend to create such a policy?”
    Thank you for your help.
    Have a good evening!
    Sunshine Request

    Status: Sent to Government