after-acquired evidence

noun
af·​ter-ac·​quired evidence

Definition of after-acquired evidence

employment law
: evidence of an employee's wrongdoing that is discovered by an employer after the employee's termination but that could have been the basis for termination An employer can rely on after-acquired evidence of resume fraud as a complete defense only if it can prove that the employee's concealment undermined the very basis on which he or she was hired.National Law Journal, 30 June 1997

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First Known Use of after-acquired evidence

1994, in the meaning defined above

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“After-acquired evidence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/after-acquired%20evidence. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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