The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, or CEPA, is designed to protect employees who expose their employer’s fraudulent, illegal or harmful conduct. This brave employee is now referred to as a whistleblower. Unfortunately, the whistleblower often becomes the target of retaliation by his or her employer. John Tatulli provides aggressive and experienced advocacy for whistleblowers and victims of workplace retaliation.
The Whistleblower and Illegal Company Conduct
In their daily work, the whistleblower often observes illegal conduct. For example, a chemical company may dump toxic chemicals into the local water supply. A food canning facility may stamp false expiration dates on already-expired food. A life insurance company may be involved in the practice of refusing to pay rightful beneficiaries. The whistleblower wants nothing to do with these illegal activities. Further, they wish to expose the wrongful conduct.
Examples of Workplace Retaliation
Employers, managers, supervisors and others who are involved in illegal or harmful conduct often try to protect their own interests by engaging in retaliatory conduct against the whistleblower-employee. This conduct can have a devastating effect on the whistleblower. Examples of retaliation include the following:
- Firing or terminating the employee – this is a drastic but common measure
- Threats – threat of a possible demotion, pay reduction or termination; in some instances, threat of harm
- Location change – may be reassigned to an undesirable or unreasonably distant work location
- Discrimination – passed over for a promotion or raise despite a stellar work history
- Withholding benefits – workplace benefits, perks, allowances may be withheld or denied
- Many other forms of retaliation – please discuss your specific situation with Attorney Tatulli
Whistleblowers may pursue damages in a New Jersey whistleblower claim. John Tatulli understands New Jersey and New York whistleblower law. Depending on the case, damages may include job reinstatement, lost wages, compensation for projected promotions, compensation for denied benefits and raises, punitive damages, emotional pain and suffering, attorney’s fees and more.
Law Offices of John R. Tatulli Complimentary Case Consultation
If you believe you have a viable whistleblower claim, it is advisable to discuss your case with an experienced whistleblower attorney at the earliest possible time. It is important to understand that a case must be filed before the applicable statute of limitations expires. John Tatulli serves clients in the New Jersey and New York area. For a free case review, please call the Law Offices of John R. Tatulli at 732-842-4646.