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Our Attorneys at Work: Retaliation and Violations of the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act

May 12th, 2014

The New Jersey employment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. in Philadelphia recently filed a lawsuit in a New Jersey Superior Court on behalf of a plaintiff who is alleging violations of the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”).  For over one year prior to her termination, the Plaintiff in this matter worked at an institution that provides care to mentally troubled youth.  The Plaintiff asserts that she maintained an excellent job performance rating throughout the course of her employment, and that her employment was terminated in retaliation for Plaintiff’s exercise of her right to report a violation of a law of the State of New Jersey and/or a rule or regulation issued under a law of the State of New Jersey and/or in implication of a public policy of the State of New Jersey.

By way of elaboration, Plaintiff alleges that a minor patients under her care, who was admitted to the Defendant’s facility eight (8) months prior to the Plaintiff’s termination, repeatedly physically assaulted and threatened the Plaintiff.  On one particular day, just prior to the Plaintiff’s termination, the minor patient broke down the Plaintiff’s door, sprayed her with a fire extinguisher, and severely damaged the Plaintiff’s car.  Immediately thereafter, Plaintiff informed her supervisors that she would be pressing charges against the patient.  Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant strongly discouraged her from pressing criminal charges against the patient despite the fact that she  had engaged in criminal activity.  Plaintiff chose to exercise her right to file criminal charges against the patient despite her employer’s discouragement of the same.  Just two days thereafter, the Defendant terminated Plaintiff’s employment for allegedly not caring about the residents.  Plaintiff asserts that her employment was actually terminated in retaliation for her exercise of her legal rights.

For more information on this wrongful termination case, or if you think you have been terminated from your employment based on retaliation or discrimination, call the law offices of Sidney L. Gold & Associates or contact us online.

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