Whistleblower Retaliation In New Jersey
Have you witnessed and complained about questionable or illegal conduct from your employer and faced repercussions as a result? You can fight this! New Jersey law can protect you and your job if they come in jeopardy after if you complain or object to any illegal conduct of your employer, you are protected from retaliation.
The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) makes it unlawful for an employer to take reprisal employment action against an employee who discloses, objects to or refuses to participate in the illegal or unethical actions of his or her employer.
If, as a result of your objections to illegal or unethical conduct, your employer terminated, demoted, harassed or retaliated against, you could be eligible to pursue a claim for the damages caused as a result, including lost wages.
Unfortunately, when an employee does the right thing by objecting to and reporting the illegal or improper conduct of their employer, they become victims of retaliation from their employers and this can include the termination of their employment.
How Do You Know If You Are A Victim of Whistleblower Retaliation?
Under New Jersey State law, an employee is protected from retaliation as a result of complaining or objecting to an activity, practice or policy of their employer that the employee reasonably believes is illegal or against “public policy”. Illegal acts are defined as those that the employee believes are reasonably against the law, and public policy claims are acts that an employee reasonably believes violate a clear public policy of our state. Unlawful whistleblowers retaliation can take many forms including, for example, a supervisor might find reasons to “write them up” to build a case for demotion or termination. Often, employees are retaliated against with harassment from co-workers or supervisors who are unhappy with the employee’s whistleblowing activities.
When evaluating a legitimate claim for whistleblower retaliation, Christopher Deininger will help you determine the facts behind why you were fired or subjected to other adverse employment actions such as harassment. Often times, the termination of a whistleblower will in reality have very little to do with an employees actual job performance, and a lot more to do with their complaints about their employer’s conduct. Examples of employer misconduct can include:
- Failure to Pay Overtime Wages
- Company Fraud and Embezzlement
- Tax Evasion
- Employee Misclassification as Independent Contractors
- Health insurance and Medicare Billing Fraud
- Federal Anti-Kickback laws and Stark Act
- OSHA Violations
Contact An Experienced NJ Whistleblower Attorney
If you are a whistleblower, you need an aggressive and relentless New Jersey Employment Attorney to assure that your rights are protected. Christopher Deininger will come to your assistance on whistleblower issues.
Contact us today to discuss your case.