Earlier this month, Luke Kummer tweeted this objection to the handling of his reporting a half-hour after resigning from The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s iPad publication.
He then received this warning from the HR manager for The Daily and New York Post:
From: Bontzolakes, Lainie
Date: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM
Subject: The Daily
To: Luke Jerod Kummer
I understand you submitted your resignation to The Daily earlier today, effectively immediately. As such, I’d like to request that you return the company equipment in your possession (VPN key). Please mail to Beryl Shereshewsky at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, 9th FL, New York, NY 10036.
@daily story on Iranian ninjas has nothing to do with my reporting. I object to it in every way. I wrote straight w/o absurd sensationalism.
As you should recall, when you joined The Daily, you signed a Non-Disclosure/Non-Compete Agreement. In section 5 of that Agreement (see attached) you agreed that during your employment and for two years after, you “will not criticize, ridicule, or make any statement which disparages or is derogatory of the Company or its affiliates, or any of their representative employees or business products or services.”
It goes without saying that you are currently in breach of your contractual obligations to the Company. Should you engage in any further misconduct, you will leave The Daily no choice but to sue you for injunctive relief, money damages and attorneys’ fees, as provided for under the Agreement. While we have no desire to sue you, that is something only you can control. Please do the right thing and immediately refrain from any further breaches of your contractual obligations.
Senior HR Manager, Generalist
Here is the Non-Disclosure/Non-Compete Agreement she refers to:
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