Whistleblower Claim Predicated on ANA Code of Ethics, "Patient Bill of Rights", and Employee Handbook, Rejected

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A newly published decision of the New Jersey Appellate Division, Hitesman v. Bridgeway Inc. (Espinosa, J.A.D.), delivered a welcome decision for employers doing business in the health care industry by carefully scrutinizing a claim by a licensed health-care professional under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), N.J.S.A. 34:19-1 to -8, that he could get to a jury based on “whistleblower activity” with a nursing code of ethics, employer handbook, and patient bill of rights as the source.

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