[Foundation-l] Foundation Discretion Regarding Personnel Matters

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 17:17:52 UTC 2007

On 14/12/2007, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:
> On Dec 14, 2007 11:50 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but to my knowledge there is no law
> > against stating that there a legal reasons for not disclosing
> > something. The board could have said "There are certain issues
> > regarding Carolyn Doran and her departure which we cannot discuss for
> > legal reasons." That way the board remains transparent while still
> > obeying the law.
> >
> Ant has already stated that a confidentiality agreement was signed at
> the time of Carolyn's departure.

Could you point me towards that statement?

There is, however, no law forcing the foundation to sign
confidentiality agreements (to my knowledge - it would be a pretty
pointless law if it existed, since it would be equivalent to a law
requiring the confidentiality itself, which would be much easier). "We
promised not to tell you" is not a good reason for not telling us,
they should never have made such promises in the first place. If the
agreement was made when Carolyn *left*, then I can't see any good
reason for signing it - you sign confidentiality agreements when you
form a relationship with someone (because if you didn't, they would
refuse to work with you), not when you end it.

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