Do you feel that you have suffered reprisal because of a disclosure or because you collaborated in an investigation into a disclosure? Has someone threatened you to prevent you from making a disclosure or from participating in an investigation? The Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings relating to public bodies protects you.
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The Québec Ombudsman pledges to protect the confidentiality of the information transmitted. Under the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the information obtained or created by the Québec Ombudsman in the context of verification or investigation as the result of a reprisal complaint cannot be communicated.
Has your employer threatened you to prevent you from making a disclosure or from participating in an investigation? If the reprisals or threats are related to your job (demotion, suspension, dismissal, disciplinary measure, etc.), you must file a complaint with the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) within 45 days of the occurrence of reprisal.
Note that in all these cases, you must act within these deadlines even if you have contacted the Québec Ombudsman.
Yes. You may obtain financial assistance for access to legal advice if you think that you have suffered reprisal. Reprisal must stem from disclosure or cooperation in an audit or investigation related to a disclosure.
Request financial assistance from the Québec Ombudsman now. If your specific situation warrants legal assistance, we will determine the authorized duration and amounts.
Note, however, that reprisal may constitute a prohibited practice within the meaning of the Act respecting labour standards, in particular, regarding employment and work conditions. In such cases, contact the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail.
See the Access to legal advice page for more information.