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As defined by the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act, a reprisal means measures taken or directed against an employee as described in section 24 of the Act, specifically:

  1. a dismissal, layoff, suspension, demotion or transfer, discontinuation or elimination of a job, change of a job location, reduction in wages, change in hours of work or reprimand;
  2. any measure other than one mentioned in clause (a), that adversely affects the employee’s employment or working conditions;
  3. a threat to take any of the measures mentioned in clause (a) or (b).
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