Can I be a Whistleblower If My Employer Did Not Violate the Law?

Yes, you are still considered a whistleblower in NJ.  Your employer can not fire you if you had a reasonable belief that it violated the law or otherwise endangered the public.  New Jersey’s whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), is the most far-reaching such law in the country.  CEPA wants to encourage conscientious employees to report questionable conduct to protect the public from unsafe, illegal, or fraudulent conduct.  To spur such reports, it does not require you to know the nuances of the law; an employee need have only a reasonable belief that her employer violated the law.

Dated: April 14, 2010 – Castronovo & McKinney – Paul Castronovo