New Jersey law prohibits an employer from taking any retaliatory action against an employee because the employee does any of the following:

  1. Discloses, or threatens to disclose, to a supervisor or to a public body an activity, policy, or practice of the employer or another employer, with whom there is a business relationship, that the employee reasonably believes is in violation of a law, or a rule or regulation issued under the law, or, in the case of an employee who is a licensed or certified health care professional, reasonably believes constitutes improper quality of patient care;
  2. Provides information to, or testifies before, any public body conducting an investigation, hearing or inquiry into any violation of law, or a rule or regulation issued under the law by the employer or another employer, with whom there is a business relationship, or, in the case of an employee who is a licensed or certified health care professional, provides information to, or testifies before, any public body conducting an investigation, hearing or inquiry into quality of patient care; or
  3. Objects to, or refuses to participate in, any activity, policy or practice which the employee reasonably believes:
  • is in violation of a law, or a rule or regulation issued under the law, or, if the employee is a licensed or certified health care professional, constitutes improper quality of patient care;
  • is fraudulent or criminal; or
  • is incompatible with a clear mandate of public policy concerning the public health, safety or welfare or protection of the environment. N.J.S.A. 34:19-3

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (your employer) has designated the following contact person to answer your questions or provide information regarding your rights and responsibilities under this act:

Harry Agnostak
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
57 US Highway 1
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8554
848-932-3020