2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2C - THE NEW JERSEY CODE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Section 2C:40A-3 - Wrongful discharge of employee
2C:40A-3. Wrongful discharge of employee
11. Wrongful discharge of employee.
a.An employer who discharges an employee or takes any other disciplinary action against the employee because the employee's earnings have been subjected to garnishment commits a disorderly persons offense.
b.An employer who discharges an employee or takes any other disciplinary action in violation of this section shall re-employ any employee discharged, and shall compensate any employee for any damages resulting from the discharge or disciplinary action.
c.The term "earnings" means any form of compensation payable for personal services, regardless of whether the payment is denominated as wages, salary, commission, bonus, income from trust funds, profits, or otherwise, and includes periodic payments pursuant to a pension or retirement program.
2C:40A-4 Solicitation of professional employment, certain; regulated; terms defined; grade of offense.
1. a. No person shall solicit professional employment from an accident or disaster victim or an accident or disaster victim's relative concerning an action for personal injury or wrongful death involving that accident or disaster victim for a period of 30 days after the date on which the accident or disaster occurred.
b.Subsection a. of this section shall not apply if the accident or disaster victim, or his relative, as the case may be, had a previous professional business relationship with the professional.
c.Subsection a. of this section shall not apply to recommendations or referrals by past or present clients or patients, friends, relatives or other individuals relying on the reputation of the professional, provided the recommendation or referral is not made for value.
d.Subsection a. of this section shall not apply to any solicitation through advertising which is not directed to the victim or victims of a specific accident or disaster.
e.Subsection a. of this section shall not apply to emergency medical care.
f.For the purposes of this section:
"Professional employment" means services rendered by a physician, chiropractor or other health care professional.
"Solicit" means to contact a person with a request or plea, which is made in person, by telephone or other electronic medium.
g.A person who violates the provisions of this section, and who acts with intent to accept money or something of value for his services, shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree.
2C:40A-5 Additional penalty for attorneys; grade of offense.
2.In addition to any other sanction that may be imposed by the Supreme Court, an attorney who violates the Rules of Professional Conduct promulgated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey by contacting an accident or disaster victim or an accident or disaster victim's relative, using means other than written communication, to solicit professional employment on the attorney's own behalf, and who acts with intent to accept money or something of value for his services, shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree.
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