RI Commerce Employees Given Gag Order Not to “Disparage” Betsy Wall

Thursday, May 05, 2016


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Commerce employees have been told they are not allowed to say anything disparaging about Betsy Wall.

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation employees have been explicitly informed they are “contractually bound not to make any derogatory or disparaging comments” about former Chief Marketing Officer Betsy Wall, who resigned under duress last month after a disastrous rollout of the new state tourism campaign

The directive was sent in an email to all corporation staff following the finalizing of a severance agreement with Wall, which saw the embattled former tourism head get a nearly $70,000 severance package after she “resigned” from the post last month. 

SLIDES: See Wall’s Severance Agreement BELOW

The memo dated May 3 from Human Resources stated the following: 

To all Corporation Staff:

The corporation recently entered into a separation agreement with Betsy Wall.

Please note that the agreement contains among other things, a mutual non-disparagement  provision such that the Corporation (inclusive of its directors, officers, and employees) is contractually bound to not make any derogatory or disparaging comments about Ms. Wall. 

The politically connected Wall came to RI in December following posts in Washington DC and Massachusetts - two months after the state had already selected the vendors for the campaign. 

Wall was similarly bound not to make any disparaging comments towards Commerce in the severance agreement. 


Related Slideshow: Betsy Wall Severance Agreement - April 2016


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