Decision 2651E – Mt. San Jacinto Community College District


Decision Date: June 24, 2019

Decision Type: PERB Decision

Description:  The Board affirmed a proposed decision dismissing a complaint alleging that the District retaliated against charging party because he raised safety concerns.

Disposition:  The Board denied the charging party’s request.

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Perc Vol: 44
Perc Index: 15

Decision Headnotes

505.01000 – In General

As part of its defense of a charge of retaliatory discipline, employer need not prove that the employee’s protected activity was “was so opprobrious, flagrant, insulting, defamatory, insubordinate, or fraught with malice as to cause substantial disruption of or material interference with [the employer’s] operations.” PERB uses this standard to determine whether an employee communication that would otherwise be protected under the relevant statute lost its protection because of its content or the manner in which it was communicated. This standard does not apply outside the employee communication context.