[Foundation-l] Foundation Discretion Regarding Personnel Matters

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Fri Dec 14 17:27:19 UTC 2007

On Dec 14, 2007 12:17 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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?

(Whether or not the confidentiality agreement was signed "at the time
of Carolyn's departure" is, I suppose, something I read into it.)

> 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).

No, there isn't, and I'm pretty sure I said at the time (September)
that it was improper for the Foundation to make such an agreement in
the first place.

> "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.

Looking at the email, I guess the time that the agreement was signed
was not made clear.  What's even stranger is that the agreement
apparently bars the Foundation from saying anything, but not Carolyn
herself.  "Carolyn has the full right of talking to you, but we, as an
organization, can not give details."

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