Zatuchni & Associates recently obtained $200,000 in settlement of an employee’s “whistleblower” claim, filed under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). The employee, who worked at a chain grocery store, alleged that he witnessed his manager re-packaging and selling products that were well past their expiration dates. The employee further alleged that his manager directed him to do the same. Instead, he protested and threatened to take his complaints up the chain of command. Shortly thereafter, he was terminated and filed suit.
The grocery store attempted to obtain a pre-trial “summary judgment” in its favor, arguing that the employee’s termination was justified by his work performance. However, Zatuchni & Associates countered with strong evidence, including testimony from the employee’s co-workers, that his firing was purely in retaliation for complaining about his manager’s fraud. The court agreed, entering summary judgment in the employee’s favor, and Zatuchni & Associates negotiated a settlement soon after.
We are once again pleased that our superior and tenacious litigation practice resulted in the successful resolution of a client’s claim.
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