Reviewing NJ's Novel Whistleblower Exception

Law360, New York (April 9, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court will decide shortly whether to review an exception to the whistleblower statute that bars employees who report improper conduct as part of their job duties from gaining whistleblower protection.

In White v. Starbucks Corporation, et al., A-3153-09T2 (N.J. App. Div. Dec. 9, 2011), a panel of the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed the trial court's ruling that plaintiff Kari White, a former district manager for defendant Starbucks Corporation, "failed to establish she engaged in whistle-blowing activity" under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 34:19-1 to -14 ("CEPA"), because the reports she made to her supervisor were...

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