Ct Humane Society Refuses To Provide Blumenthal With Severance Information On Former Director/Chairman

May 14, 2010

The Connecticut Humane Society has refused to provide state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal with any details about the severance package it gave Richard Johnston, who after 20 years of running the charity resigned earlier this year under pressure.

The Humane Society said it could not provide the details because Johnston, a lawyer and former state senator, claimed he has the right block release of the information under state statute, even to Blumenthal who is investigating Johnston and the Humane Society board of directors.

Neither the Society nor Johnston apparently want the public to know how much of the charity’s money went to Johnston – all of which came from donations.

The Society’s lawyers said Johnston cited the following statute:

Sec. 31-128f. Employee’s consent required for disclosure. No individually identifiable information contained in the personnel file or medical records of any employee shall be disclosed by an employer to any person or entity not employed by or affiliated with the employer without the written authorization of such employee except where the information is limited to the verification of dates of employment and the employee’s title or position and wage or salary or where the disclosure is made:

(1) To a third party that maintains or prepares employment records or performs other employment-related services for the employer; (2) pursuant to a lawfully issued administrative summons or judicial order, including a search warrant or subpoena, or in response to a government audit or the investigation or defense of personnel-related complaints against the employer; (3) pursuant to a request by a law enforcement agency for an employee’s home address and dates of his attendance at work; (4) in response to an apparent medical emergency or to apprise the employee’s physician of a medical condition of which the employee may not be aware; (5) to comply with federal, state or local laws or regulations; or (6) where the information is disseminated pursuant to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement. Where such authorization involves medical records the employer shall inform the concerned employee of his or his physician’s right of inspection and correction, his right to withhold authorization, and the effect of any withholding of such authorization upon such employee.

Blumenthal had no immediate response today.

The society also wrote a six-page letter to Blumenthal outlining changes it is making under pressure from the attorney general and from others. You might want to compare that to the statements made to volunteers last weekend. CHS letter 051110

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17 Responses to Ct Humane Society Refuses To Provide Blumenthal With Severance Information On Former Director/Chairman

  1. Mer on May 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Fine then, disclose the severance packages provided to ALL employees terminated from 2008-2010 with the names, positions held and SSN’s redacted.

    Oh, what? Only one employee got a golden parachute?

    • Mom on May 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      Unfortunately Dick Johnstone is going out the same way he acted during his reign. He is wielding what power he has to hurt those less fortunate. He’s stealing from the very creatures he professed to protect. He is thinking and caring for no one but Dick Johnstone, and he is a coward to the end. The cover up is disgraceful, as is Dick and his board who protect him.

  2. Greyhound lover on May 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Is anyone surprised about this I’m certainly not! Johnston rippedoff the humane society for nearly 20 years and the BOD let him! So why should we be surprised when he does it again
    Johnston is a poor excuse for a human, and so is that entire management team at CHS including the corrupt BOD. When are they going to realize this is never going to end, they can’t cover up their wrong doings…there are too many to cover up.
    The public especially those who made donations should be outraged!!!

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  4. Volunteer on May 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    HAHAHAHA!!! Man if that doesn’t say it all!

    • Cowardly Lion on May 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      It sure does….It screams volumes to me!

  5. Accountant on May 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    It will have to be disclosed on the FYE 12.31.10 IRS form 990. Unfortunately, that won’t be on http://www.guidestar.com until June or so of 2011. There is no way for them to avoid that. He’s a highly compensated individual and earned >$5ok in 2010. The 990 must disclose compensation earned and deferrred for highly compensated individuals.

    • Anita on May 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

      He earned a heck of a lot more than 50k in 2010; try more like over 100k but only the taxable income is reported…not all the money he shoveled into deferred compensation to mask his income.
      He’s disgusting.

  6. Mayor Of Dogtown on May 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Okay I’m certainly no legal expert but wouldn’t #2 Classify as being the case since the AG is a response to a gov’t investigation.

    If this doesn’t spell COVERUP and CORRUPTION nothing does. Come on public START making demands! Your money just paid a serverance to someone who should have been LET GO by the board and not paid off to leave. He was a dispicable excuse for a human being although he still left a lot of misguided minions to do his ongoing dirty work. He’s like the local copy cat version of a Taliban leader. I can’t help but wonder if these managers would also become suicide bombers for him???? They just do whatever they were told and while he’s not even around, they still can’t seem to figure out how wrong things are there and how unqualified they are to call themselves managers. The public has the right to demand changes since it’s their money.

  7. Bridget K on May 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Well, not even sure of how to phrase this…
    Bah ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha!
    Sorry, now that that’s out of the way, it just keeps getting worse and worse. When is this joke of a BOD going to just throw in the towel? Seriously, they blow thousands of $’s an hour on high priced shipman and goodwin lawyers just to hide the truth and fight decent hardworking ex-employees and Coalition members. They lie and try to cover up mistake after corrupt mistake, crimes, and harassment…are they living in reality? The AG is going to rip them apart…and I can’t wait to see what the public does to these criminal managers and corrupt BOD members…their time is coming and it ain’t going to be pretty.

    • Mayor Of Dogtown on May 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

      Maybe the public isn’t aware that while these fancy high priced attorneys are fighting the unlawful termination of said employee’s…the National Labor Relations Board is ready with their lawyers to bring it on!!!! If the NLRB is on your side, there has to be enough evidence, otherwise it would be settled already. Your right, Bridget, it isn’t going to be pretty at all…..I might make some popcorn and sell tickets for this show. We should pitch the idea to Law and Order….

  8. Sandy sunshine on May 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I wonder how much of the animal’s money this devil got away with and the new president and board allowed this to happen.
    What a disgrace.

    • Mayor Of Dogtown on May 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Unfreakin believable…it just shows how “head in the sand” the BOD was and even if they are trying to make it right, there’s 20 years of making up to do. It is going to be a long time coming.

  9. Maebe on May 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Wouldn’t exception 2) of Sec 31-128f apply to this situation?

    “except where the disclosure is made: 2)….. in response to …..the investigation or defense of personnel-related complaints against the employer” ?

  10. Volunteer on May 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    It doesn’t need to be shut down, it needs to be REFORMED. And that’s what the Coalition is trying to do. It’s a beautiful facility with serious potential and a LOT of dedicated and wonderful staff and volunteers. Let’s not forget that. We need change at the top, not shut it down.

  11. Natasha Hope on June 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Human society was sending to our old address by mail gifts as postcards, magnets, mailing stickers to solicit donations. They sent some sad story about animal abuse and stickers and magnets with the name of the animal as “I love Romeo”. Who does not know who is Romeo is will think that Romeo some lover or boyfriend. Ridicules idea.
    We contacted them 3 months ago to take us from their mailing list because of change of address. They continue sending gifts on the old address with useless mailing stickers in it together with other gifts.
    I contacted them by email. I received the answer from some Alex. The same answer over and over as no alive person there. The answer: “….it will take approximately 8-12 weeks for the mail to reflect this change, as we process our mail in advance. During that time, you will still receive regular HSUS correspondence…” I received the same answer on the phone. They do not feel shame to waste people’s donations. This is disgusting! By law, if your non-profit spend 95% on the business run and salaries and only 5% on charity it is ok!!! Unfortunately, most Americans do not know that.

    • ???? on June 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      You’re talking about the Humane Society of the United States, not the CT Humane Society. That’s why people get confused and misinformation is spread. The Connecticut Humane Society would NEVER do such a good job with their marketing.

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