Confidentiality Agreements

Okay, so you may or may not already know this, but it bears repeating: celebrity personal assistants usually have to sign a confidentiality agreement before they can begin working with a famous person. Basically you (the assistant) aren’t allowed to tell the public what you’re doing, or more to the point, what your celebrity is doing. Most of the time the working relationship is cordial and the work frankly boring. But there are those juicy moments the media would love to be a fly on the wall.
Many confidentiality agreements just apply for the time you are employed. Once you leave you can say whatever you want to, but most assistants don’t bother. It’s not worth the headache. If you worked for Oprah, however, you are banned for LIFE to repeat anything about her that you may have seen, heard or been involved in. Wow.

There was a terrific article recently in the Los Angeles Times – click on the link  to read it – all about confidentiality agreements and privacy issues. This article was about actor Rob Lowe’s latest legal wrangling with two ex-employees. Very interesting debate about what’s sacred in the privacy of one’s home and what isn’t. It’s a tough call either way.

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