New Jersey Whistleblower & Employee Rights Lawyer
In a perfect world, a person who reports the illegal or discriminatory actions of an employer should be rewarded. However, these honest employees suffer retaliation, are wrongfully demoted, or fired all too often.
At The Epstein Law Firm, we use the law to protect whistleblowers – people who expose the wrongdoings of their employers. To find out about your legal protections, please contact our law office online or call 201-918-3560.
Employee Rights in the Workplace
An employer cannot discriminate against, demote, fire, or otherwise retaliate against an employee for any of the following:
- Reporting discrimination or wrongful acts of an employer
- Refusing to participate in illegal or unlawful activities
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Providing testimony regarding employer’s actions
If any retaliation occurs, an employee may take legal action against the employer and seek compensation.
An employer cannot fire an employee on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, race, country of origin, pregnancy, or another discriminatory matter. Find out more about wrongful termination.
The Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA)
In addition to various federal laws like, the False Claims Act, that protect employees, New Jersey enacted the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) that provides further legal protections. CEPA protects employees that have been wrongfully terminated or otherwise suffered retaliation by their employers for doing the following:
- Reporting unlawful actions of employer
- Refusing to fulfill job duties thought to be illegal or discriminatory
- Refusing to participate in a job-related activity believed to violate any law
- Providing testimony to law enforcement or the court regarding the suspected illegal activities of employer
Talk to a lawyer to determine if you have a CEPA claim.