Departing public workers sworn to secrecy

Several state agencies have sworn outgoing workers to secrecy and barred them from criticizing their former bosses as part of lucrative severance and settlement pacts in the past few years, despite an outcry against such agreements six years ago. Below, read some of the settlements, as well as guidelines on such settlements issued by the attorney general.

Mass. DOT worker settlement

Below is copy of a $170,000 confidential settlement made with a former state highway worker who filed a complaint that he was harassed by his supervisors and co-workers because they thought he was gay. The agreement bars him from bringing the settlement to the attention of the media.

Four public worker settlements

The four documents below detail a $61,000 settlement with an MBTA worker, a $100,000 severance agreement with an ex-employee of the Comptroller's office, a $16,458 severance agreement with a former employee of the Attorney General's office, and a $124,269 separation agreement with a former employee of the UMass president's office.

Attorney General's settlement guidelines

Over the years, the Attorney General has regularly advised other agencies that confidentiality clauses are generally prohibited and they should not discourage workers from talking to the press. Read the AG's guidelines below.