Asked in Employment Law for New York

Q: Can I disclose documents or their contents to law enforcement if bound by confidentiality by the Company?

As part of confidential settlement discussions for a whistleblowing retaliation termination, the Company provided documentation that both helped their case and hurt it. I have/had an attorney that for many reasons I have lost confidence in. Not only did the attorney not check with me before agreeing to a settlement, he agreed to the confidentiality and non-disclosure to get the above docs also without checking. And yes, I have tried to speak to the attorney and even escalated to the top...twice. I can't even reach him to ask this Q. I was fired because my manager did something in violation of company policy and the law (told us we had to cut corners). I escalated internally and was fired shortly thereafter. The "something" above is very serious and has broad implications that all kinds of stakeholders would be concerned about (regulators, shareholders, media).

Can I share the docs / info to an AG, DOJ, DOL? Not for settlement, but don't want to get sued.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
Answered
  • Cedarhurst, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Have you notified the company that the documents are being requested? Have you received a subpoena? Have you spoken with an attorney?

Jack

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