(1) An employee of the office of the family and children's ombuds is not liable for
good faith performance of responsibilities under this chapter.
(2) No discriminatory, disciplinary, or retaliatory action may be taken against an
employee of the department, an employee of a contracting agency of the department,
a foster parent, or a recipient of family and children's services for any communication
made, or information given or disclosed, to aid the office of the family and children's
ombuds in carrying out its responsibilities, unless the communication or information
is made, given, or disclosed maliciously or without good faith. This subsection is not intended to infringe on the rights of the employer to supervise,
discipline, or terminate an employee for other reasons.
(3) All communications by an ombuds, if reasonably related to the requirements of
that individual's responsibilities under this chapter and done in good faith, are
privileged and that privilege shall serve as a defense in any action in libel or slander.
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