Yahoo Sues Ex-Employee for Allegedly Divulging Secrets to Journalist
Yahoo has filed a lawsuit against a former employee it claims was leaking confidential information to a journalist.
The lawsuit alleges that Cecile Lal, who was chief of staff to a senior vice president at Yahoo, was one of the sources of reporter Nicholas Carlson for his book “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!” It claims Lal committed breach of contract and breach of a fiduciary duty of loyalty by disclosing secrets to Carlson, who is chief correspondent at the website Business Insider.
As per the complaint, which was first reported by Bloomberg News:
Yahoo has been confronted with information that a former rogue employee breached and abused Yahoo’s trust and confidentiality and that of fellow employees and managers to further her own ends.
The suit was filed in Santa Clara County in California on Wednesday.
The Internet giant claims Lal began corresponding with Carlson in April 2014, before leaving the company in September 2014, through email and phone conversations. The information she allegedly leaked included transcripts of talks Mayer would have with Yahoo employees at the company’s weekly “FYI” meetings.
The transcripts were available on Yahoo’s corporate intranet called Backyard. Yahoo alleges the former employee shared her credentials to the password-protected site with the author.
“Lal was neither allowed within the lawful scope of her job, nor at any other time otherwise authorized by Yahoo,” the complaint said, “to disclose the highly confidential and sensitive business information she provided to Nicholas Carlson, which he then published.”
Lal could not immediately be reached for comment, and a Yahoo spokeswoman said the company couldn’t comment on active litigation.