Confidentiality Agreement Protecting CEO is Illegal Gag on Employee
A New York not-for-profit that provides services to HIV/AIDS victims was found to have run afoul of the law by requiring workers to sign an agreement that barred them from discussing wages and communicating with the press after its CEO was accused of using state funding for personal expenses. The Second Circuit affirmed the NLRB’s determination that the agency violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired a worker who opposed signing the confidentiality agreement by writing that his signature was obtained under duress. The employee had earlier voiced concerns about wages after learning about the state audit. Further, he complained the new confidentiality agreement violated the NLRA because it prevented workers from discussing "salaries" or talking to the media, which may be deemed protected activity under the NLRA.