IBM pushes state to keep layoffs confidentialJuly 16,2013Staff Report
MONTPELIER - IBM wants to keep confidential the number of employees recently laid off at its Essex Junction facility.
IBM Monday complied with a state law requiring the company to provide the state with the names and other details of employees who were laid off last month.
However, according to the Department of Labor, “IBM asserts that all of the information provided, including the total number of affected employees, is highly sensitive and confidential commercial information.”
IBM goes on to state that making public the information will cause competitive harm and damage individual employees.
The company cites Vermont’s Public Record Act that exempts trade secret and competitive business information.
“While the department agrees that any information that could be used to identify individuals is exempt from disclosure, the department is not convinced that the total number of affected employees, as reflected in the notice, must be withheld from the public under Vermont law,” the department said in a press release.
The department noted that it had received media requests for the total number of layoffs at the Vermont facility.
The state advised IBM to provide “any legal justification or other information to support its claimed confidentiality” and to file that information by noon on Thursday.
IBM was once the state’s largest private employer with another round of layoffs, IBM has fallen to second place behind Fletcher Allen Health Care with 5,500 fulltime employees.MORE IN This Just In
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