Rutgers University complies with the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, N. J. Stat. Ann. § 34:19-1 et. seq. (“CEPA”) which protects employees who report workplace wrongdoing from retaliatory action.

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.

 

For more information, please refer to University Policy 60.1.16 Conscientious Employee Protection Policy.

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
Associate 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
Email Harry Agnostak