What will happen If I violate the confidentiality/non-disclosure clause in my employment contract?
If you violate the confidentiality/non-disclosure clause in your employment contract, your employer may file a civil or a criminal case against you.
Your employer may file a civil case if they want to stop you from sharing any information or if they want to get monetary compensation from you for violating the terms of the contract.
Your employer can also file a criminal case against you for violating the confidentiality clause and you may be charged with:
- Theft (ex. documents)
- Causing damage to a computer system
- Tampering with computer source document
However, it is important to note that using your own knowledge, skill, and experience at your new job, even if it was acquired during the course of employment at your previous company will not be considered confidential information or trade secrets.
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