(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, no appointing authority or supervisor of a private enterprise under contract with a state agency shall initiate or administer any disciplinary action against any employee on account of the employee's disclosure of information concerning said private enterprise. This section shall not apply to:
(a) An employee who discloses information that he knows to be false or who discloses information with disregard for the truth or falsity thereof;
(b) An employee who discloses information which is confidential under any other provision of law.
(2) It shall be the obligation of an employee who wishes to disclose information under the protection of this article to make a good faith effort to provide to his supervisor or appointing authority or to a member of the general assembly the information to be disclosed prior to the time of its disclosure.
(3) An entity under contract with a state agency shall not initiate or administer any disciplinary action against any employee on account of the employee's disclosure of information to the fraud hotline administered by the state auditor in accordance with section 2-3-110.5 ; except that this subsection (3) does not apply to an employee who discloses information with disregard for the truth or falsity of the information.
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