- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled that workers who monitor whether their employer complies with regulations are not barred from seeking whistleblower protections under state law.

In a unanimous ruling made public Wednesday, NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1O73uIb ) reports that the court ruled in favor of Joel Lippman, who claims he was fired in 2006 in retaliation for raising concerns about product safety.

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, argued that Lippman was fired because he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with someone who worked under him.

A trial court ruled that because his job was to raise issues about safety, he was not afforded whistleblower protections. But an appellate panel reversed that decision and the Supreme Court agreed.

An Ethicon spokesman says they appreciate the clarification in the law.

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Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com

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