Seven West Media has obtained an interim injunction in the Supreme Court of NSW against its former employee Amber Harrison, which prevents Harrison from publishing confidential company information.
Harrison, whose Twitter bio reads 'whistleblower', has in the last day published a number of "deeds of release" on her Twitter account that Seven claims are the property of the company. It says she appears to have taken the documents before she left her employment and retained those documents without authority and it is in breach of her employment obligations.
The injunction comes just days after an independent investigation cleared Worner of misconduct during and after an affair he had with Harrison.
“It became clear late last week that Ms Harrison is now releasing or divulging commercial in confidence emails and other documents that she has no right to hold, access or release,” a Seven West Media statement said today.
“These documents extend beyond the scope of the other dispute Ms Harrison has with SWM."
In December Worner apologised for an inappropriate relationship he had with Harrison, prior to becoming CEO after details were leaked to the press.
The review board found no reason for further disciplinary action against the CEO. The findings of the review were regarded as pivotal to Worner keeping his job.
The 'ex parte' injunction is effective immediately and the relief sought is based not only on breaches of the Settlement Deeds but also and importantly on violations of obligations of confidentiality arising under the general law, the Corporations Act and her former contract of employment.
The court will consider the matter further tomorrow (14 February), but this notice doesn't seem to have stopped Harrison from taking to Twitter to discuss what has happened.
Harrison calls out execs for “standing bravely behind an army of lawyers and PRs”, she mentions 'The Boys Club' and says “Australia's leading media company doesn't want you to know the truth”.
Harrison says there are still many questions shareholders should be demanding Seven answer and alleges that Seven abused its power and legal might.
I call for all the major media companies to oppose the injunction on the basis of there being a profound public interest at stake— Amber Harrison (@_Amber_Harrison) February 13, 2017
Australia's leading media company doesn't want you to know the truth. Threatening me with jail if I continue to speak.What are they hiding? pic.twitter.com/BwYYDbWXDl— Amber Harrison (@_Amber_Harrison) February 13, 2017
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