There are many ways that we are supposed to feel safe at work. We need the right training to use the tools. We need the right tools and safety equipment to protect us. We have human resources to help protect us and our rights. But, what happens when those who are supposed to protect us don’t? Whistleblowers are employees that report or object to doing unlawful actions from their employers. This action can have consequences; often there are threats and intimidation or even loss of a job for not following an employer’s illegal requests. Whistleblowers have rights and if you need protection or to exercise those rights, seek legal guidance from a whistleblower attorney in New Jersey.
What Laws Protect Whistleblowers?
There are both state of New Jersey laws as well as federal laws to protect whistleblowers. In New Jersey there is legal protection under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). This Act makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for whistle blowing.
Federally there are other laws to protect employees who are whistleblowers. Some of these Acts also provide compensation to you or your loved ones. The federal acts include:
• The Whistleblowers Protection Act (specifically for government employees)
• The False Claims Act (specific to defrauding the government)
• The Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblowers Act (Can provide financial compensation)
• Occupational Health and Safety Administration Whistleblowers laws (enforces over 21 federal laws protecting employees)
• The Dodd-Frank Wall Whistleblowers Protection Regulations (for all employees)
Zatuchni & Associates, Employment Lawyers is a whistleblower attorney in New Jersey firm to help represent you and find out which laws or protection Acts apply to your potential case.
What Constitutes A Successful Claim?
A whistleblower attorney in New Jersey will walk you through the standards that are needed for a successful claim.
• There must be a reasonable belief that the employer violated a law or regulation. It does not have to be proven at the time you speak to an attorney, but the belief must be reasonable.
• The employee must have engaged in a whistleblower activity. This can include reporting or threatening to report the conduct to a supervisor or public body. This can also include refusing to participate in illegal activities.
• There must be a negative reaction to the report or threat of a report. This can include suspension, termination, demoting or any other negative impact that makes the employee feel unsafe or unwelcomed.
• There must be a connection between the employee’s action of whistleblowing and the negative reaction from the employer. Many times, the employer will try and cover this up and use false reasons for the negative reaction or consequences to the whistleblower.
Why Use A Whistleblower Attorney in New Jersey?
The best reason is, at Zatuchni & Associates, Employment Lawyers we specialize in whistleblower protection. We can help evaluate your case and answer your questions. We also know your rights and can help ensure they are protected. A whistleblower attorney in New Jersey can also help with the investigation and gather evidence so that we can take aggressive legal action.
Know your rights and seek help from a whistleblower Attorney in New Jersey. Zatuchni & Associates, Employment Lawyers can help protect you.