New Jersey Whistleblower Lawyers

Gloucester County Whistleblower Lawyers

Representing New Jersey whistleblowers

Whistleblowers are heroes. It is too easy and too tempting to look the other way when an employer dumps illegal toxic waste or allows sexual harassment in the workplace. Standing up can be hard, but it is the right thing to do. Allowing employers to intimidate whistleblowers undermines the rights of all employees. The New Jersey whistleblower lawyers at Richardson Employment & Civil Rights Law, LLC  work aggressively to protect individuals from intimidation and retaliation. The law can protect you. In New Jersey, whistleblowers receive protection under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). Additionally, most federal employment laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) contain protections for employees who report illegal conduct.

Protection for conscientious employees

The law prohibits employers from punishing whistleblowers by subjecting them to adverse employment actions. Some examples include the following:

  • Firing or demoting
  • Laying off
  • Denying benefits, overtime pay, or a well-earned promotion
  • Threatening or harassing the whistleblower
  • Cutting pay or work hours
  • Reassigning the whistleblower to a less lucrative position

Federal laws protect employees who report violations or participate in investigations involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and other federal agencies. The New Jersey CEPA also protects employees who report or complain about any fraudulent or criminal activity or any other activity that is contrary to public policy, safety, health, or welfare. A New Jersey whistleblower attorney can recover a variety of damages for victims of retaliation, including back pay, compensation for emotional distress, and punitive damages. Whistleblowers are not immune to adverse employment actions taken for legitimate reasons such as poor work performance or general downsizing. As such, some employers may attempt to disguise retaliation as legitimate business practice. But New Jersey employment attorneys have the investigatory skills and legal experience to uncover the true motivations behind such actions and hold employers accountable.

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