What is a Whistleblower?July 9, 2019
What is a Whistleblower?
Whistleblowers play an important role in the workplace. Whistleblowers are employees who report unsafe or unlawful practices that occur in the workplace. Employers must be held accountable in their roles. If employers are not held accountable for their actions, they may not actively avoid illegal practices. This is where whistleblowers come into play.
Employees can report their employers or supervisors for unsafe and unlawful actions. If an employee reports an unlawful action or practice, the employer cannot then retaliate against the employee. Accordingly, employees have protections against retaliation from their employers. Whistleblowers should feel comfortable reporting illegal practices at work.
Examples of Whistleblower Cases
Reporting Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. Sexual harassment includes any unwanted or unwelcome behavior at work. If an employee experiences or witnesses sexual harassment, the employee can report this activity. Whistleblowers are employees who report these unwelcome advances.
Whistleblowers may also report discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination may occur based on gender, age, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, race, religion, etc. However, discrimination at work in any form is illegal. Employees experiencing or witnessing discrimination at work may report it. Whistleblowers may be protect themselves or their fellow employees from these wrongful behaviors.
Whistleblowers may report corruption they witness in the workplace. For example, corruption may include employers who participate in bribes, fraud, or embezzlement. Employees that report these types of illegal behaviors can be considered whistleblowers.
Employers may commit fraud. For example, fraud may include over-billing or misrepresentation. In the event that an employer commits fraud, whistleblowers may report this illegal activity.
Whistleblowers help keep employers accountable. Employees can and should report illegal or unsafe activities they witness at work. We want you to feel safe reporting any unlawful practices.
New Jersey Protects Whistleblowers
The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) protects employees who report illegal or unsafe practices in the workplace. This NJ law allows whistleblowers to report fraudulent activities they witness at work without fearing retaliation from their employers. Any retaliation from an employer against a whistleblower is illegal. Under state law, you can feel safe reporting unlawful activities you witness at work.
Red Bank Whistleblower Lawyers at McOmber & McOmber, P.C. Represent New Jersey Whistleblowers in Retaliation Claims
You have the right to report your employer’s unsafe or illegal practices without fear of retaliation. To share your story, contact an experienced Red Bank whistleblower lawyer at McOmber & McOmber, P.C. today. Call our Red Bank office at 732-842-6500 or our Marlton office at 856-985-9800 to discuss your case or contact us online. We offer free consultations to clients in Marlton, Cherry Hill, Middletown, Red Bank and throughout New Jersey.