What to do if my ex co-worker has asked me to provide evidence confidentially to her attorney for her hostile workplace claim, can I be held liable by my former employer?

The information they are asking for does not relate to any observed action taken by her boss. It is related to revenue recognition transfer matters between companies controlled by her boss. If I provide this information, can my ex-employer seek recourse against me?

Asked on October 16, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If the information is confidential business information--that is, information which is not public and to which you only had access due to working there, and which you were supposed to use only for the company's benefit during your employment--then you could be sued by the ex-employer for misappropriation of confidential information. Depending on the exact nature of the information and what consequences its disclosure has for the ex-employer, i.e. how much it costs the ex-employer you could potenially be sued for a great deal of money.


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