2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:6A-45 - Retaliatory discrimination prohibited
34:6A-45. Retaliatory discrimination prohibited
21. a. No person shall discharge, or otherwise discipline, or in any manner discriminate against any employee because such employee has filed any complaint or instituted or caused to be instituted any proceeding under or related to this section or has testified or is about to testify in any such proceeding, or because of the exercise by such employee on behalf of himself or others of any right afforded by this section.
b. Any employee who believes that he has been discharged, disciplined or otherwise discriminated against by any person in violation of this section may, within 180 days after the employee first has knowledge such violation did occur, file a complaint with the commissioner alleging that discrimination. Upon receipt of the complaint, the commissioner shall cause an investigation to be made as he deems appropriate. If, upon that investigation, the commissioner or his designee determines that the provisions of this section have been violated, he shall, not more than 90 days after the receipt of the complaint, notify the employer and the employee of his determination, which shall include an order for all appropriate relief, including rehiring or reinstatement of the employee to his former position with back pay and reasonable legal costs. The notice shall become the commissioner's final determination, unless, within 15 days of receipt of the notice, the employer or employee requests a hearing before the commissioner or his designee, in which case the commissioner shall issue his final determination not more than 45 days after the hearing report is issued.
c. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to diminish the rights of any employee under any law, rule or regulation or under any collective negotiation agreement.
d. Any waiver by an employee or applicant for employment of the benefits or requirements of this act shall be against public policy and be void and any employer's request or requirement that an employee waive any rights under this act as a condition of employment or continued employment shall constitute an act of discrimination.
L.1983,c.516,s.21; amended 1995,c.186,s.13.
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