Membership Protection

Membership Protection Policy:

If any Member reasonably believes that some policy, practice, or activity of the Petaluma Downtown Association (PDA) is in violation of law, a written complaint must be filed by that employee with the Executive Director or the Board President.

It is the intent of PDA to adhere to all laws and regulations that apply to the organization and the underlying purpose of this policy is to support  the organizationís goal of legal compliance. The support of all Members is necessary to achieving compliance with various laws and regulations.

A Member  is protected from retaliation only if the Member  brings the alleged unlawful activity, policy, or practice to the attention of the PDA and provides the PDA with a reasonable opportunity to investigate and correct the alleged unlawful activity.  The protection described below is only available to Members that comply with this requirement.

The PDA will not retaliate against a Member  who in good faith, has made a protest or raised a complaint against some practice of the PDA or of another individual or entity with whom PDA has a business relationship, on the basis of a reasonable belief that the practice is in violation of law, or a clear mandate of public policy.

The PDA will not retaliate against Members who disclose or threaten to disclose to a supervisor or a public body, any activity, policy, or practice of the PDA that a Member  reasonably believes is in violation of a law, or a rule, or regulation mandated pursuant to law or is in violation of a clear mandate of public policy concerning the health, safety, welfare, or protection of the environment.


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