|Jan Wong at 2012 book signing|
Journalist Jan Wong breached a confidentiality agreement with The Globe and Mail and must pay back an undisclosed severance payment, an arbitrator has ruled.
The decision by arbitrator Louisa Davie comes after Wong’s former employer objected to a book she wrote about her battle with depression, as well as some of her Tweets and media interviews.
Davie ruled this week that Wong’s 2012 book Out Of The Blue breached a Memorandum of Agreement signed by herself, the Globe and her former union, the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 87-M.
The agreement was signed in September 2008 after Wong grieved that she was terminated without cause after missing six months of work because of depression.
The agreement contained a provision that Wong could not disclose terms of the settlement to anyone other than her legal or financial advisors, insurance company and immediate family.
The newspaper objected after Wong’s book dealt in part with her departure from the newspaper.