As reported in the Trentonian, a New Jersey State Trooper won a large verdict this week for his whistleblower lawsuit. The trooper alleged that after he reported that the state police were using uncertified handlers to train K-9 dogs, his supervisors passed him over for promotion and relegated him to a post at the state police museum.
The Mercer County trial jury deliberated two days before returning the unanimous verdict in favor of the trooper, who will receive $240,000 in compensatory damages.
Employees who blow the whistle on their employer’s illegal or unethical activities do so at great risk to their careers. This case demonstrates that, given the right set of facts, juries are more than willing to stand up on behalf of these brave individuals. If you are a whistleblower or are considering becoming one, please contact an experienced New Jersey employment attorney to guide and assist you.