5 Questions To Ask Before Suing Over Whistleblower Theft

Law360, New York (May 21, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT) -- Workers sometimes pocket employer information they think may support a whistleblower claim, putting trade secrets and other sensitive data at risk and leaving the employer wondering if legal action is the right response. While companies should stand up for themselves, they also should be aware of potential pitfalls, attorneys say.

Employee "self-help" discovery — taking documents or other information from an employer to blow the whistle or back up a retaliation claim — is a frequent occurrence, lawyers say. However, companies can utilize a variety of legal strategies when they feel a sticky-fingered employee has gone too far.

"Employers who are...

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