What is CEPA in New Jersey?

New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act exists to protect employees who hold their employers responsible for committing wrongdoings in the workplace. Many employees fear that if they report their employer, they will be subject to retaliatory action such as being denied a promotion, pay raise, or other forms of retaliation.

Employees in New Jersey are protected from retaliation by an employer under the following circumstances:

  • If the employee informs another supervisor or public entity that their employer is violating the law
  • If the employee provides information to law enforcement or testifies in a hearing regarding an employer’s violation of the law
  • If the employee provides information regarding the employer misrepresenting the business to a shareholder, investor, client, customer, other employee, or government entity
  • If the employee provides information regarding the employer’s perceived fraudulent or criminal activity that may result in fraud against clients, shareholders, or government entities
  • If the employee refuses to participate in fraudulent, criminal behavior or behavior that is otherwise concerning to public health, safety, or welfare

It is important for employees to be aware of their rights under New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act. Employees should not have to be concerned of retaliatory acts by their employers simply for trying to hold them accountable for wrongdoings. It is important that employees who suspect they are victims of retaliation try to collect evidence of such violations of CEPA.

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