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I'm not sure which cases in particular you are referring to when you say that people have been jailed for revealing company secrets, but unless you signed something saying that you would not discuss anything about the company with anyone, including other employees of the company, then I do not see where the potential liability is.
Generally where an employee can get in to trouble is if they steal or reveal some type of trade secret. Generally this is not information about internal hr issues, but things like revealing the secret recipe for coke, or the like.
Trying to prove that you owed a duty of trust, or that revealing the information to other employees internally caused damage, would be incredibly difficult, it sounds like an angry person making threats they cannot back up.
so what the sales rep did - this does not represent a trade secret ?
Plus, defamation should not be an issue because, to the best of your knowledge the information that you shared was true.
yes the information was completely true, my manager repeated to me the conversation he had with this person
i subsequently then repeated this information to my coworkers
No, a "trade secret" generally refers to something more technical.
My belief is that you can't sue somebody for telling the truth
There is a good article online as to what constitutes a trade secret in New York at:
That is generally true. As I said if there was some way that this person could demonstrate either that you entered in to a contract not to reveal this information, or that you had a duty not to disclose the information (which is unlikely), then maybe there could be a civil suit (ie not criminal).
Based on the information provided, I just do not see where the liability would be. Now, it would certainly be wise, seeing as you are very concerned about this issue, to sit down in person with an attorney and, in confidence, review all of the details of the situation. Presumably, they will tell you the same thing, but it may help you feel better to speak with an attorney licensed in New York in person.
Should you need a referral to an attorney, the New York State Bar Association has a referral service at:
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thank you! this was 4 years ago, so isn't this past the limit also ?
for any type of suit ?
Not necessarily. Contract breach, for example, has a 6 year statute of limitations. Fraud, I believe, also has a 6 year statute of limitation. Those are some of the longer statutes of limitation in New York, most are only a few years long. In any event, based on the information provided the limitations period is less important than the fact that there is no type of liability that we can easily pin to what you are concerned about. Again, absolutely sit down with an attorney licensed in New York in person to confirm this.
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