After-Acquired-Evidence Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

In the context of Employment law, the after-acquired-evidence doctrine states that if an employer terminates an employee on the ground of unlawful or invalid reason and subsequently discovers misconduct which is adequate or sufficient to justify a lawful termination, then the employee cannot win reinstatement. This doctrine saves the employer from his/her liability and limits the relief available to a terminated employee, when the employer comes to know that the employee engaged in a wrongful conduct which would have, anyway resulted in his/her termination.