Redwood City School District Supports Workplace Safety and Forbids Illegal Retaliation


    Redwood City School District welcomes and advises all employees to report safety concerns to their principals and administrators.


    RCSD Injury and Illness Prevention Program


    Redwood City School District will not tolerate any administrator- or coworker- retaliating against an employee because he or she complained about safety or any other workplace right.  If an employee suffers this retaliation, he or she needs to immediately report it to a different administrator or Human Resources.

    What is Retaliation? 

    Retaliation occurs when an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee because the employee complained about —or refused to participate in — unsafe working conditions, improper wage payments, or discrimination on any protected basis. This also protects persons closely associated with this employee. 

    Adverse employment actions include, but are not limited to, the following: terminations, refusal to hire, reduction of hours, denial of promotion, threats, unjustified negative evaluations, unjustified negative references, increased surveillance, assault or unfounded civil or criminal charges, or other behaviors likely to deter reasonable people from pursuing their rights.

    Of course, an employer always has the legal right to terminate, refuse to hire, reduce hours, or issue a negative evaluation to any employee. It only becomes illegal when the employer takes these actions because the affected employee engaged in the protected activities described above or is closely associated with an employee who engaged in such activities. 

    Adverse actions, however, do not include petty slights and annoyances, such as stray negative comments in an otherwise positive or neutral evaluation, "snubbing" a colleague, or negative comments when justified by an employee's poor work performance or history. 

    Where Can You Go for Help 

    Employees may contact RCSD’s Human Resources Department at (650) 482-2251 or email Assistant Superintendent Wendy Kelly at wkelly@rcsdk8.net.  You may also fill out the attached form and submit it to Human Resources.  You may submit a claim anonymously.  However, if you wish to receive a response to your complaint, you must identify yourself.  Here is the form. Uniform Complaint Form 

    Employees may report safety issues by calling Cal OSHA at (650)573-3812, visiting 1065 East Hillsdale Blvd., Ste. 110, Foster City, CA 94404, or going online to http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/WebComplaintForm.pdf

    Employees may report retaliation issues to the DLSE by calling (415) 703-5300, visiting 455 Golden Gate Ave 10th Floor East, San Francisco, CA 94102, or going online to http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DLSEForm205.pdf for the form and then mailing the completed form to the DLSE, RCI Unit, 2031 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825.