Employee infidelity is a term that refers to significant disloyalty on the part of an employee to his employer.
This type of behavior can range from planned corporate espionage on behalf of a competitor to internal sabotage in retaliation for
some perceived offense by the business against the employee.
Understanding the causes, actions and damages linked to employee infidelity will help your business reduce its exposure to this type of problem.
We deal in in the following types of employee infidelity services:
This happens when an employee damages your company.
This can include introducing dangerous ingredients to a product that leaves your plant and heads to consumers, causing faulty manufacturing that leads to defective products or doing other physical tampering to your goods.
An employee can also sabotage your company by planting a virus on your computer network or destroying sensitive materials.
Employee infidelity includes misusing company funds or stealing from you on a large scale. Stealing the occasional office supply or padding an expense report is disloyal, but employee infidelity usually refers to more egregious offenses, such as embezzling large sums of money, regularly taking goods that add up to considerable amounts or submitting expense reports that are completely false or contain significant, false reimbursement requests. Other examples include a salesman negotiating an underpriced contract with a customer that includes a kickback for the salesman and an executive hiring a friend or family member for a large salary and requiring little or no work of that person.
After an employee leaves your company, she may go to work for a competitor. Unless you have a no-compete clause, this is not illegal. If the employee shares with your competitor information about your company, that may not be legal, depending on what they share. For example, if they give the new employer a list of your customers, passwords to your computers or trade secrets, that would be illegal.
If your employee gives information about your company to a competitor while he works for you,
that is considered espionage.
Examples of this include sharing customer databases, intellectual property, trade secrets or other sensitive information to your competitors to help them gain an advantage.
Like sabotage, corporate espionage is a criminal act. Depending on the circumstance, both your employee and your competitor may be prosecuted and owe damages.