Legal Assistance with Whistleblower Laws in New Jersey
New Jersey has one of the broadest employment whistleblower laws in the nation. Known as the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the law protects employees from retaliation - such as being fired or demoted - because they spoke up against an employer’s activity that the employee reasonably believed violated the law.
What Qualifies for Protection?
The whistleblower laws of New Jersey protect employees who complain about subjects such as discrimination, workplace hazards, public health, safety, welfare of the protection of the environment, occupational health and safety, wage discrimination, family leave, public safety, improper quality of patient care, and/or financial improprieties in good faith—even if, ultimately, it turns out that the employee was mistaken about the law. The employer may not retaliate against an employee who acted in good faith.
The law protects employees who:
- Object to or Refuse to Participate in an activity the employee reasonably believes to be illegal, fraudulent, or in violation of public policy, OR
- Disclose or Threaten to Disclose information to a public body about an activity the employee reasonably believes to be illegal, fraudulent, or in violation of public policy.
In addition to CEPA, various other laws also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who pursue their legal rights. This includes, for example, the New Jersey Law against Discrimination (LAD) and the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA).
Contact us if you believe you are being retaliated against based upon standing up for what is right. Our firm is ready to protect your right to speak out against wrongdoing in the workplace.