Timeline of a Conversation That Never Happened

  • In April 2019, DataCamp hired an outside firm investigate their mishandling of Jonathan Cornelissen’s sexual assault of Kara Woo.

  • On June 12, Anurima Bhargava (one of the investigators) contacted me by email to ask if I would speak with her.

  • On June 13, I replied:

I would be happy to take an hour to speak with you next week provided I’m able to record the meeting. I would also like to ask some questions about the discrepancy between what I was told on July 4, 2018 about the non-disparagement provision in the proposed separation agreement (http://third-bit.com/2019/04/15/an-exchange-with-datacamp.html) and DataCamp’s statement on April 24, 2019 that this agreement “specifically and expressly would have permitted them to raise concerns about the company” (https://www.datacamp.com/community/blog/board-update). If you’re OK with this, then please let me know when would be a good time.

  • Five days later (June 18), Ms. Bhargava emailed to say, “Would you be open to discussing briefly? I’d like to see what may work for us both.”

  • I responded the same day: “…while I mean no disrespect, I’m very reluctant to engage in any discussion at this point without some kind of record - I’d be happy to exchange a few more emails if that works for you.”

Ms. Bhargava never replied. So far as I can tell, the report does not explain the discrepancy I mention above. It also does not tell readers how many current or former DataCamp employees are prevented from speaking publicly about their experiences because of non-disclosure or non-disparagement agreements. (Please note that non-US citizens sometimes feel pressure to sign such agreements because of their visa status.)

In the wake of posts about Shopify's support for white nationalists and DataCamp's attempts to cover up sexual harassment
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