(a) An employee may appeal a reprisal or political coercion action to the Board within 20 days of the action or the date on which the employee should reasonably have known of its occurrence.
(b) The appeal must be in writing and specify the basis for appeal.
(c) The Commissioner shall review the appeal and request any additional information, or conduct any necessary investigation.
(d) The Board shall decide the appeal on a review of the written record or such other proceeding as it deems appropriate.
(e) Where improper reprisal or political coercion is established, the Board shall provide appropriate protections and remedies to the employee.