Saturday, July 2, 2011

World Bank Tribunal Affirms Privacy and Free Speech Rights

The World Bank Administrative Tribunal released a far-reaching decision last month that gives employees of the Bank significant new protections from both excessive punishment for revealing information to the press and sweeping searches of their computers.

In the case John Y. Kim v. IBRD, whistleblower and GAP client Kim challenged the Bank's decision to fire him for providing information to Fox News about conflicts between former Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and the Bank's Board of Directors. Kim's termination followed 25 years of service at the Bank with a discipline-free employment record. This decision will have a lasting effect for years to come.

GAP was heavily involved in publicizing the concerns of Bank whistleblowers in 2007, which led to Wolfowitz'forced resignation.

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