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Hi, I'm Heather, an attorney of 15 years, and I'd be happy to assist for informational purposes.
If you have a contract with your employees (hopefully you do), you can sue them for tortious interference. Tortious interference, also known as intentional interference with contractual relations, in the common law, occurs when a someone intentionally damages the plaintiff's contractual or other business relationships.
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In order for you to have a claim against them, they either have to be breaking a criminal law, or breaking a civil law. If you have a contract with your employees, then they are tortiously interfering with your contracts, and you would have a tort claim that you could sue them for. In that case, they would be unlawfully interfering with your contractual relationships with your employees. If you do not, then you would not likely have a claim. I'm not trying to be repetitive, but the lawsuit that people file, when third parties interfere with their employees or employment relations is tortious interference. If you do not have a contract with your employees, then there is no tortious interference with contract.
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