Is stealing a salon client list a civil or criminal offense?

Question Details: I own a salon and an ex-manager downloaded my client list to use in her new booth rental. A customer contacted me with the actual text the ex-manager had sent the customer soliciting her to her new business. The customer had never been serviced by this stylist and felt violated that her personal information phone number had been breached by this ex-employee. Can I, as the salon owner, sue the ex-manager for stealing proprietary information and would that be a small claims suit or a criminal offense? What are my rights for her stealing my intellectual information?

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