New Jersey and Pennsylvania Whistleblower Claims Attorneys
Protecting Clients in Mercer County, NJ & Bucks County, PA
If you have reported unlawful employment practices being committed by your employer or illegal actions being taken by a fellow employee, you are known as a whistleblower. When someone reports an illegal act, they should be celebrated and rewarded, not punished. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers to retaliate against whistleblowers by terminating their employment or discriminating against them in other ways on the job, such as harassing them, demoting them, or passing them over for promotion. In these cases, you need qualified legal representation to help you fight back and protect your rights.
If you blew the whistle and are now facing retaliation or discrimination by your employer, Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson will stand up for you. We are committed to protecting the rights of employees, which is why we handle whistleblower and qui tam claims throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
State and Federal Laws Protect Whistleblowers Against Retaliation
NJ, PA, and federal law all prohibit employers from firing or otherwise retaliating against employees who blow the whistle. These illegal acts can include fraud, kickbacks, record falsification, discrimination, and environmental violations.
The statutes that protect employees against retaliation include:
- NJ Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) – Protects employees against retaliation for reporting illegal or fraudulent activity and for electing not to participate in unlawful activity
- NJ False Claims Act – Protects employees who report violations of law that harm the state government; also allows whistleblowers to receive a percentage of money recovered by the government (qui tam)
- Federal False Claims Act – Protects employees who report activity that defrauds the federal government; also allows successful whistleblowers to collect a percentage of money recovered (qui tam)
- NJ Law Against Discrimination (LAD) – Protects employees against retaliation for reporting harassment in the workplace
If you reported your employer’s discrimination or other illegal activities and were later fired or retaliated against in any way by your employer, you may be able to file a whistleblower claim. You are protected even if the illegal activities you reported don’t necessarily involve you. (For example, you might have complained about discrimination against someone else in your workplace.)
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be eligible for job reinstatement and compensation for lost wages. You may also be able to pursue compensatory damages for emotional suffering, as well as punitive damages.
Whistleblower Claim Lawyers in New Jersey & Pennsylvania
The experienced whistleblower defense attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson handle employment law matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We understand that this is a sensitive legal matter which requires discretion as well as strong advocacy.