Once a lawsuit has been filed, courts sometimes issue immediate orders—called injunctions—to prevent irreparable harm. But to get an injunction, the party seeking the order has to show what harm could occur—and convince the court it will probably win the case on its merits. That’s unlikely if the litigant waits too long to ask for relief.
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Taken separately, what a supervisor does or says to an employee who has filed a complaint might not equal retaliation. But if the slights add up, the picture changes. That’s why you should follow up several times with each complaining employee to verify there’s no pattern of retaliation.
When explaining your computer-use policy, make sure employees understand they may be criminally prosecuted if they violate the rules and gain access to information they have no business reading. That should make them think twice about obtaining confidential information and passing it on to the competition.