Conscientious Employee Protection Act
Understanding and Upholding New Jersey’s Anti-Retaliation Law
The New Jersey
Conscientious Employee Protection Act (NJ CEPA) prevents employers from retaliating against employees who publicly
object to practices that are illegal or inappropriate from a public policy
An employer is in violation of this act if they take any retaliatory action
against an employee who:
- Tells, or threatens to tell, a supervisor or public body about any activity,
policy or practice that they reasonably believe to be illegal.
- Provides information or testimony to an investigation, hearing, or inquiry
into law violations.
- Reports deception or misrepresentation.
- Provides information regarding criminal or fraudulent activity.
- Objects to, or refuses to participate in, any activity, policy or practice
that he/she believes to be illegal, fraudulent, criminal, or in contrast
with public policy.
If You See Something, Say Something
Protecting the “whistleblower” is an important component of
protecting everyone from workplace misconduct of all types. With the protection
of NJ CEPA, employees should be able to point out, or refuse to participate
in, any conduct that makes themselves or their coworkers uncomfortable.
It is, however, important to note that the employee must “reasonably
believe [the conduct] is in violation of a law, or a rule or regulation
issued under the law.”
When Bad Businesses Fight Back
If you have spoken up about a practice, policy, or activity that you felt
was illegal or inappropriate and faced any kind of retaliatory action,
you probably have a case against your employer. Retaliation can include:
- Discharge or dismissal
- Any other adverse employment action
Protect Your Best Interests: Our Employment Lawyers Represent Cases in
New Jersey & New York
Retaliation interrupts an employee’s ability to look out for themselves
If you have been retaliated against after speaking up about your employer’s
illegal or inappropriate conduct, contact us today
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