TAA Whistleblower Protection Policy

Tourette Association of America, Inc. (“TAA”) is committed to facilitating open and honest communications relevant to its governance, finances, and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. It is important that TAA be appraised about unlawful or improper behavior including, but not limited to, any of the following conduct:

  • fraud;
  • theft;
  • unethical conduct and other illegal activities related to the assets of the organization;
  • improper or inaccurate financial reporting;
  • improper destruction of records;
  • improper or undocumented financial transactions; and
  • violations of the organization’s conflict of interest policies

We request the assistance of every director, officer, employee, and volunteer who has a reasonable belief or suspicion about any improper transaction. Directors, officers, employees, and volunteers will not be disciplined, demoted, lose their jobs, or be retaliated against for asking questions or voicing concerns about conduct of this sort. Reports that are not made in good faith, or otherwise are intended to harass or annoy any director, officer, employee, or volunteer may result in disciplinary action, including termination.

Making a Report
We encourage any director, officer, employee, and volunteer who has a concern regarding an action concerning TAA governance, finances, or compliance with all applicable laws and regulations to raise concern with a supervisor, the Vice President for Finance or the President.

If for any reason the director, officer, employee, or volunteer does not believe these channels of communication are adequate, the concern should be reported immediately to either the Chair of the Audit Committee or the Chair of the Board. Anonymous reports will be accepted, and all reports will be handled on a confidential basis. The Chair of the Audit Committee or the Board Chair will coordinate the investigation and Tourette Association of America, Inc. will take appropriate action, as it deems justifiable by the circumstance. The contact information for the Chair of the Audit Committee and/or the Board Chair are:

Randi Zemsky
Chairman of the Board
boardchair@tourette.org

Monte Redman
Chair of the Audit Committee
auditchair@tourette.org

A copy of this Policy is to be distributed to all TAA directors, officers, employees, and volunteers who provide substantial services to the organization.

1 All references in this document to TAA also cover TAA chapters, support groups, and any other organization formally affiliated with TAA.