Judge rules for Port Authority in whistleblower case

A New Jersey judge has ruled that state whistleblower protection laws don’t apply to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The ruling published last week in Hudson County concerns a whistleblower suit brought by a former employee.

Jay Alpert worked for the agency’s office of emergency management in 2012, when he claimed he was retaliated against after reporting to superiors that a police captain had made copies of police promotional exams and was sharing them with prospective candidates.

The Port Authority moved to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that as a bistate agency, it isn’t liable under whistleblower laws of either New York or New Jersey unless both states’ laws are closely similar.

The judge agreed, ruling that significant differences exist between the two laws.

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