Scarcely a year after the Supreme Court ruled that peer-to-peer whistleblowers in the workplace are entitled to protection against retaliatory discharge, two cases argued last Tuesday force the justices to sharpen their pencils.

The central issue in both cases is the extent to which the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 34:19- 1 et seq., covers a worker who discloses wrongful action by fellow employees or cooperates in an investigation of them, even though direct harm to the public interest may not be present.

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