Pursuing Whistleblower Lawsuits in New Jersey
Protection Against Retaliation in the Workplace After Reporting Wrongdoing
Some employees will turn a blind eye to unlawful activity or even go along with it. It takes courage to speak up. Employees who do are often met with reprisal rather than praise. If you were fired or suffered other workplace retaliation for reporting fraud or illegal acts, then you may be entitled to remedies under state and federal whistleblower protection laws.
The New Jersey employment lawyer at Garland & Mason, L.L.C., represents private and public sector employees who call attention to an employer’s criminal activity. Our lawyers pursue whistleblower lawsuits under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). Contact us to explore your rights in a free initial consultation.
What is the the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act?
The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) covers public and private employees as well as independent contractors. CEPA protects employees against wrongful termination or retaliation for:
- Reporting fraudulent or corrupt actions to management or authorities
- Cooperating in an investigation of the employer’s illegal activities
- Voicing objections or refusing to participate in the unlawful activity
The misconduct or criminal acts must violate public policy or laws pertaining to public health, safety, welfare or the environment. These might include illegal dumping or emissions, bribes or kickbacks, tax fraud, government contract fraud, insider trading and more.
Federal and State Remedies For Reporting Criminal Acts, as well as Whistleblower Retaliation or Termination
Workplace retaliation may come in the form of firing, suspension, demotion, transfer or other adverse employment action. Many times the reprisal is more subtle, such as reassignment, poor performance reviews or harassment constituting a hostile work environment.
Under a CEPA lawsuit, New Jersey whistleblowers may receive to economic damages (lost wages and benefits), compensatory damages (emotional distress), attorney’s fees and punitive damages.
The Whistleblower Protection Act specifically protects federal employees that report misconduct at their agencies.
Under the federal False Claims Act, employees who report that an employer defrauded of the U.S. government can bring a qui tam lawsuit. This then allows the whistleblower to collect a percentage of any money the government recovers in prosecuting the fraudulence.
Have You Suffered Backlash As A Whistleblower?
If you want to discuss your potential claims with our whistleblower attorneys, then call Garland & Mason, L.L.C., (732) 358-2028, or contact us online. We take CEPA cases in Monmouth County, Central New Jersey and statewide.