When you think about whistleblowers, you might think of Edward Snowden, who recently exposed the NSA’s surveillance program. While high profile cases often garner the most attention, whistleblowing statutes afford protections to all employees who report or object to illegal activity or misconduct even on a smaller scale. If you have operations in New Jersey, your employees may be able to claim legal protection under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”). CEPA prohibits employers from taking any retaliatory action against whistleblowers, and provides a cause of action for money damages and equitable relief (i.e., reinstatement). Retaliatory action is defined broadly to include not only termination, suspension or demotion, but also “other adverse employment action taken against an employee in the terms and conditions of employment.”
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