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If you feel you were retaliated against for blowing the whistle, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. can help. New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) protects employees who report or threaten to report illegal or unethical activity, also known as being a whistleblower. As long as you engage in this activity in good faith, you cannot be harassed, terminated, or retaliated against for doing so. The attorneys have represented many employees with CEPA claims and achieved excellent results for clients. If you are being harassed in retaliation for engaging in protected conduct (such as complaining about illegal discrimination, or blowing the whistle on illegal activity), then you may also have a claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD). The firm’s goal is to learn more information from you about what is happening in the workplace and to provide you with advice about options for moving forward. The attorneys may be able to negotiate a resolution on your behalf or, if the matter warrants it, to file a lawsuit to recover economic and emotional damages you have suffered.
In a recent decision (Justin Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc.), the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that an employee who is fired for using medical marijuana outside the workplace may bring a claim for disability discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Mason, Griffin & Pierson Attorney, Elizabeth Zuckerman, who argued the cause for Amicus Curiae National Employment Lawyers Association of New Jersey, stated the "decision is a win for employees who test positive for marijuana due to their lawful use of medical marijuana outside the workplace."
Jeanne-Marie Scollo has become an Associate with Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. She earned her J.D from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She is a member of the firm's Local Government Law and Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Scollo brings over nine years of previous legal experience to the firm. She served as Deputy County Counsel for Middlesex County from 2014 to 2019 and was previously a solo practitioner in New Brunswick. Ms. Scollo is admitted in New Jersey and New York and is a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations.