When an employer is breaking the law and needs to be held accountable, there are sometimes a few employees that act as whistleblowers. Standing up to one’s employer is intimidating but it can make a major difference in the future of the workplace. It is important to be aware that whistleblowers are protected by law under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act Whistleblower Protection Program.
There are a number of reasons that an employee may need to act as a whistleblower. Sometimes, whistleblowers feel that if they report their employer, they may be fired, demoted, laid off, denied overtime pay, denied benefits, threatened, harassed, or reassigned. Of course, these are all very concerning because employment is very important. However, it is unfair that an individual should have to fear reporting their employer’s unlawful acts. The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act is a state protection that makes these retaliatory acts prohibited. Acting as a whistleblower is part of an individual’s civil rights. This is law acts as a state-wide version of the federal OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program.
If you have faced retaliation from an employer after reporting their wrongdoings, it is important to consult with an experienced employment law attorney who can assess your situation. Our firm is committed to standing up for your rights. Contact us today.
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