Monday, December 22, 2014

State Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Whistleblower Protection

For years, New Jersey was considered to have some of the strongest whistleblower protections in the nation, shielding employees from retaliation from their employers when they tried to report corporate wrongdoing.

State Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Whistleblower Protection

For years, New Jersey was considered to have some of the strongest whistleblower protections in the nation, shielding employees from retaliation from their employers when they tried to report corporate wrongdoing.

Those safeguards could unravel in a series of court cases to be taken up by the state Supreme Court this fall, according to more than two-dozen environmental, labor, and consumer organizations, which have joined the litigation.

The issue revolves around which employees are shielded under the law, a question that has been raised by conflicting appellate court decisions, one of which narrowed those workers who would be protected by the act, the groups said yesterday.

In one case, the court ruled that a security operations manager for a NJ Transit contractor had no whistleblower protection even though she was fired for reporting security breaches that could have made the system vulnerable to attack. The court decision said she was “merely doing her job.’’

More coverage
 
How to make money as a whistleblower

“It really tears the guts’’ out of the law, dubbed the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), said Bennet Zurofsky, one of the attorneys who filed a brief with the court on behalf of the public interest groups. “They are the whistleblowers who need the most protection, and the burden should be on employers to show retaliation did not occur.’’

Click here for the full post

About this blog
NJ Spotlight is an issue-driven news website that provides critical insight to New Jersey’s communities and businesses. We are non-partisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded, and we're partnering with Philly.com.

Contact us: info@njspotlight.com

Press releases: news@njspotlight.com

Sales: kharold@njspotlight.com

More information: www.njspotlight.com


NJ Spotlight
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected