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When Employer-Employee Relationships Get Hostile

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"M' yeah, I'm gonna need you to go ahead and not complain about this, mmmkay?"

We all know bosses like Bill Lumbergh. As frustrating as it might be, working for Lumbergh really isn't that bad. He hassles you about TPS reports and makes you work weekends, but he never sued anyone and put them in jail.

Employers suing employees and putting them in jail? There's always been some tension between employers and employees, but has it escalated to downright hostility?

Some think it has, and see a new trend emerging. When an employee quits, employers are suing them and trying to have them put in jail, particularly if that employee goes to work for a competitor. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the National Stolen Property Act and the Economic Espionage Act have all been used by employers to criminally prosecute ex-employees.

In this episode, we'll be talking about the criminalization of employment law with our guest, Donna Ballman. We'll discuss the nature of (ex)employer-employee relationships and talk about some of the laws employers are using to criminally prosecute former employees using real-life examples. We'll provide some guidance on what employers and employees need to know about this trend, how to diffuse the hostility and what each side can do to protect itself. We'll also discuss some resources available for employees if they find themselves being criminally prosecuted by their ex-employers.