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S.B. 128 Enrolled
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; MODIFYING THE
DEFINITIONS OF DAMAGES AND COSTS IN WHISTLEBLOWER CASES; AND MAKING
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
67-21-4, as last amended by Chapter 198, Laws of Utah 1996
67-21-5, as last amended by Chapter 189, Laws of Utah 1989
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 67-21-4 is amended to read:
67-21-4. Remedies for employee bringing action -- Proof required.
(1) As used in this section, "damages" means damages for injury or loss caused by each
violation of this chapter[
(2) An employee who alleges a violation of this chapter may bring a civil action for
appropriate injunctive relief or actual damages, or both, within 180 days after the occurrence of the
alleged violation of this chapter.
(3) An action begun under this section may be brought in the district court for the county
where the alleged violation occurred, the county where the complainant resides, or the county
where the person against whom the civil complaint is filed resides or has his principal place of
(4) To prevail in an action brought under the authority of this section, the employee shall
establish, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the employee has suffered an adverse action
because the employee, or a person acting on his behalf engaged or intended to engage in an activity
protected under Section 67-21-3 .
Section 2. Section 67-21-5 is amended to read:
67-21-5. Court orders for violation of chapter.
(1) A court, in rendering a judgment in an action brought under this chapter, may order
reinstatement of the employee at the same level, the payment of back wages, full reinstatement of
fringe benefits and seniority rights, actual damages, or any combination of these remedies.
(2) A court [
determines that the award is appropriate.
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