There are numerous federal and state laws that protect “whistleblowers” who report the unfair or illegal practices of their employers, of which New Jersey’s CEPA law is just one. CEPA provides that employers may not retaliate against workers who disclose (or threaten to disclose) practices of the employer that they believe are violations of the law. CEPA also protects employees who refuse to participate in unlawful or fraudulent activities or those that may harm the health, safety or welfare of the public. Employees must be careful in asserting their rights under CEPA, as certain steps are necessary to ensure protection under the law. If your employer asks you to do an act you feel is illegal or against public policy, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
You may contact Ms. Lauren Bercik at Hanlon Niemann if you would like to discuss this topic further.