July 28, 2022
What is the Whistleblower Act New Jersey?
The Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) otherwise known as the Whistleblower Act in New Jersey, protects employees engaging in whistleblowing activity from various forms of retaliation by their employers. If you have been the victim of any form of retaliation for engaging in whistleblowing activity in New Jersey, you will want to contact a civil litigation lawyer in the New Jersey area.
CEPA entitles an employee who is subjected to retaliation for a protected activity to seek many kinds of remedies and compensation. This may include wages and benefits, reinstatement to the position an employee was demoted or terminated from, damages for emotional distress, punitive damages, as well as reimbursement of attorney fees and legal costs.
What the Conscientious Employee Protection Act Does
CEPA effectively prohibits employers from taking retaliatory actions against employees when employees do any of the following:
- Disclosing or threatening to disclose to public bodies or supervisors an employer policy, activity, or practice that the employee believes is a violation of the law, or a rule or regulation issued under the law, or constitutes improper quality of patient care when the employee is a certified or licensed healthcare professional.
- Providing information to, or testifying before, public bodies conducting hearings, investigations, or inquiries into any violation of the law, or a regulation or rule under the law by the employer or providing information to, or testifying before, public bodies conducting hearings, investigations, or inquiries into the quality of patient care.
- Providing information involving the deception of or misrepresentation to any client, employee, shareholder, retiree, investor, customer, patient, former employee, or pensioner of the employer or any governmental entity.
- Providing information about a perceived criminal or fraudulent activity, policy, or practice of deception or misrepresentation that the employee reasonably believes could defraud any client, employee, shareholder, retiree, investor, customer, patient, former employee, or pensioner of the employer or governmental entity.
- Objecting to, or refusing to participate in, any policy, activity, or practice that the employee reasonably believes constitutes a violation of the law, or a rule or regulation issued under the law or constitutes improper quality of patient care when the employee is a certified or licensed healthcare professional; is criminal or fraudulent; or is incompatible with the clear mandate of a public policy concerning the public safety, health, or welfare or protection of the environment.
Whistleblower Act New Jerse- Other Laws
In addition to CEPA, there are other New Jersey state laws protecting employees from retaliation by their employers when the employees are asserting their legal rights. These may include:
- The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits employers from engaging in discrimination against employees on the basis of protected factors such as sex or gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability.
- The New Jersey Wage & Hour Act sets forth minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.
- The New Jersey Family Leave Act entitles eligible workers to leave for family or medical-related reasons.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Whistleblower Act New Jersey Lawyer
Do you think that you might have a claim under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act in New Jersey? You will want to speak to Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC law firm as soon as possible.
Our firm prosecutes claims on behalf of clients and also defends claims brought against clients in civil actions. Call (866) 643-0866 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation that will let us dig deep into your case and discuss everything you will be able to do.