This material is quoted from law governing PPC matters — Title 6, Subtitle 2, Chapter 17, Subchapter 2. The relevant paragraph is 6-17-210. In its entirety, it reads as follows: “An employee shall be entitled to and shall be offered the opportunity to have a witness or representative of the employee’s choice present during any disciplinary or grievance matter with any administrator” [emphasis added]. No exceptions exist.
Further applicable laws include Act 869 of 2003, paragraph 1, and Act 1017 of 2003, paragraph 1.
If any administrator attempts to deny you your right to representation in a disciplinary or grievance situation, they are breaking the law. Don’t let them get away with it! Don’t back down under pressure. Assert your rights, by saying this: ”I am invoking my right to representation. I want __________________ present as my chosen representative, and they must be present before we proceed.” If you teach in the PCSSD, be a member of PACT, and insist on representation from your building representative. That’s why we’re here.