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Court: Discord from co-workers, bosses isn’t retaliation

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Galloway Police Department Officer Robert Bauer filed a lawsuit claiming co-workers retaliated against him for refusing to engage in what he considered unethical acts. A lower court dismissed his suit, and now an appeals court has upheld the dismissal.

Bauer had objected to the way his fellow officers handled a domestic violence incident, among other disagreements. He said New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) protected his complaints and that he was essentially a whistle-blower.

His complaint was that his co-workers and supervisors retaliated against him by reprimands and other unpleasantness.

The Superior Court of New Jersey disagreed and called the workplace discord nothing more than the result of Bauer’s taking his co-workers “to task often enough to strain his relationship with them.” The court said the reprimands and gruff behavior weren’t punishment for whistle-blowing.

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