What is After-acquired Evidence ?
‘After-acquired Evidence’ is the legal term used to describe the evidence that is uncovered after an employee has been terminated, which would have led to his or her dismissal anyway.
It is especially relevant in cases where the employee might be having a legal battle against the company by blaming wrongful termination. It can also be used to limit damages claimed by an employee in cases where the court has ruled in favour of the employee.
As an example, if an employee was caught disclosing information to competitors and during the trial, if CCTV footage is found that he or she has also been stealing office supplies, it can be used as ‘after-acquired evidence’ against the employee.