Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Swiss Bank Goes Forward | NJ Whistleblower Laws

Swiss banking giant UBS lost its motion to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit by a former mortgage securities strategist who said UBS fired him for refusing to publish misleading research.  A federal judge in Manhattan found that  the whistleblower could go forward with his case under the federal whistleblower law known as Dodd-Frank. UBS argued that a whistleblower is protected only if he reports … [Read more...]

NJ Whistleblower Lawyer |New Jersey Whistleblower Awarded $48.6 Million

Get Confidential Help From A NJ Whistleblower Lawyer Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. settled fraud allegations made in a whistleblower’s lawsuit that the company sold unsafe drugs while lying about it to U.S. regulators. Ranbaxy admitted in federal court in Baltimore yesterday that it sold batches of drugs that were improperly manufactured, stored and tested. The whistleblower’s lawsuit, filed under … [Read more...]

Retaliatory Harassment by Coworkers Violates NJ Whistleblower Law

An employee named Howard Flecker filed a claim against his employer for unpaid wages.  The employer then sent all employees a memo that everyone's hours (and, therefore, pay) would be cut because of his unpaid wages claim.   The New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that the employer violated New Jersey's whistleblower law, known as CEPA, by "creating a hostile work environment through a memorandum … [Read more...]

Bank Whistleblower Wins $104 Million for Fraud Against IRS

A whistleblower received $104 million from the federal government for uncovering his former employer’s business of helping Americans hide their assets from the IRS.  The employee was former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld.  His tips on UBS’s practices led to a 2009 settlement between the federal government and UBS where UBS agreed to pay $780 million in penalties and turn over the account … [Read more...]

Disciplinary Harassment Is Retaliation Against a Whistleblower in New Jersey

Typically, to support a case of retaliation for blowing the whistle on illegal employer conduct, an employee must suffer some loss of money which lawyers call an “adverse employment action.”  But the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled last week that a New Jersey State Trooper who was subjected to “four or five disciplinary charges” in a few months could sue under New Jersey’s whistleblower law, … [Read more...]

NJ Whistleblower Law – It’s Not Whistleblowing If You Report Legal Violations as Part of Your Job Duties

It is a fine line: if you report illegal or fraudulent conduct but making that report is part of your job, are you protected by New Jersey’s whistleblower law?  A New Jersey appellate court answered, No.  See White v. Starbucks Corp. (N.J.Super. App.Div. December 9, 2011).  The appellate court applied existing case law to the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) – New Jersey’s … [Read more...]

New Jersey Whistleblowers Win Right to Recover Lost Pay Without Termination

The Supreme Court of New Jersey issued an opinion in favor of employee-whistleblowers today.  In Donelson v. DuPont (June 9, 2011), the Court considered whether, under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), an employee who becomes psychologically disabled due to retaliation by his employer can recover lost wages without proving he was discharged.  The Supreme Court ruled, in a narrow … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Are You a Whistleblower Even If Your Boss Makes You Break the Law?

Yes.  Under New Jersey's whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), an employee who objects to an employer's illegal, unsafe, or fraudulent conduct is still protected even if he or she ultimately engages in the illegal activity.  The courts recognize that objecting to the law-breaking is enough and that most people will feel pressured by their bosses to do as they are … [Read more...]

Congress Pushes for Employee Rights in Harassment, Discrimination, and Whistleblower Cases

A bill currently pending in Congress called the Arbitration Fairness Act seeks to end forced arbitration of employment lawsuits.  Arbitration is viewed by many lawyers as a forum that favors big business.  Arbitration is a process where employees and consumers give up their right to a trial before a judge and jury in favor of a hearing before a privately-hired lawyer.  An arbitrator is not … [Read more...]