Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims
It is your legal right to make complaints about discrimination, harassment and other unlawful conduct you face in the workplace. If your employer retaliates against you -- by firing you, harassing you, stripping you of your status, or if you have experienced a "constructive discharge" (see below) -- your rights may have been violated, and you may be able to bring a lawsuit for it.
To schedule an appointment with an experienced employment lawyer, contact us online or call us. Our attorneys have experience handling employment law cases in both New York and New Jersey.What Constitutes Illegal Employer Retaliation?
Many state and federal laws make it unlawful for employers to retaliate against "whistleblowers" -- employees who report their employer's unlawful, criminal, or fraudulent practices. New Jersey's whistleblower statute is called the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). Under that statute, your rights have been violated if you were:
... Or suffered other significant negative consequences for reporting activities you reasonably believed were unlawful.What Is a "Constructive Discharge"?
"Constructive discharge" is a legal term used to refer to a certain type of employer retaliation. Instead of firing the employee -- which the employer may fear would look too "obvious" -- the employer makes the employee's working conditions so unbearable that he is forced to quit.
Even though the employer does not expressly fire the employee, constructive discharge is no less illegal than any other type of employer retaliation or wrongful termination.Our Employment Lawyers Can Protect and Enforce Your Rights
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