Woe To The NJ Whistleblower Who Whisks Away Documents

Law360, New York (July 10, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT) -- Does an employee have an unfettered right to take confidential documents from her employer to use in her discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the employer? Not in New Jersey. The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled in State v. Ivonne Saavedra that the theft of a company’s confidential documents for self-help in an employment lawsuit can result in jail time.

Background

Ivonne Saavedra took hundreds of documents from her employer, the North Bergen Board of Education, including original documents and documents containing sensitive medical and banking information about students and their families. She gave those documents to her attorney for her discrimination...

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