Employees who disclose a co-worker’s alleged misconduct,even in the absence of employer complicity in the misconduct, areprotected from retaliation by their employers, the state SupremeCourt has ruled.

Writing for a unanimous Court in Higgins v. Pascack ValleyHospital, A-6-98 [digested in this issue at page 65], JusticeStewart Pollock found no evidence the Legislature intended thatthe Conscientious Employee Protection Act’s (CEPA) “expansiveprotection should depend on a strict parsing of employer andemployee conduct.”