Tell her to say: "Or what? You'll fire me?"
I'm not going to offer any advice, either. But, you would be wise to listen to what Mr. Taylor says.Gregory Taylor said:It ain't that simple. If she was an employee of the team, then the team has a good argument that just about everything that she created or worked on while she was an employee that relates to the team belongs to the team. Even if it was "for her own use" and even if she wasn't "specifically paid" to create it. Work papers, computer models, spread sheets, contact lists, etc. can fall into this category. And these rules still apply even the team is disorganized or run by jerks.
While you haven't directly said what "resources" that your wife is concerned about, I would be especially careful in taking/destroying any documents that relate to "customer"/swimmer lists, business opportunties for the team, or vendor information. This includes anything could be used to solicit swimmers from the old club to join a new team that she might create. Harming your ex-employer on the way out the door by spiking their ability carry on, or taking property/information that you can use to set up a competing business is the surest way to get sued.
No specific advice is being offered here, other than to be careful and to err on the side of being a good ex-employee.
yup...whatever I create while I work for my employer is their property.Gregory Taylor said:I assume that there is no employment contract, etc. with her that spells out the ownership of the documents. If she is being paid or compensated by the swim team, and these documents were created in the course of her work, then they are most likely a "work for hire" and belong to the team. They own the copyright. It might be less clear if she was a volunteer and the team did not compensate her for her work.
If the team has a name or logo that is on the documents, that is potentially a "trademark" of the team and may also be their property, even if she created it.
I might add that destroying or password protecting the documents owned by the team would not be a good move, regardless of whether the team is full of a-holes.