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Alsana Castlewood Threatens Staff With Gag Order

In January of 2022, right before the most recent lawsuit and the shut down of the St. Louis facility came to light, purported Alsana Castlewood employees contacted Castlewood Victims Unite about a threatening gag order they're being forced to sign. This clause bars any Alsana Castlewood employee from disclosing anything negative about the company to anyone ever or risk being fined $100,000 for each incident. Yes, you read that right, One Hundred Thousand Dollars.

This means Alsana Castlewood is trying to prevent employees from doing anything from telling a friend that the boss is a jerk to posting a scathing take-down of the business as a whole on Twitter to giving interviews to journalists that shine a negative light on the company. Whether it's talking to their neighbor or reporting unethical practices or putting up a post on social media, all of that is captured under this gag order.

It’s important to note that disparagement differs from defamation. Defamation typically applies only to false statements and requires some degree of ill-intent, while disparagement is broader. Defamation is essentially, “Don’t make up bad things about us to hurt us,” while disparagement is, “Don’t say bad things about us—even if they’re true.”

Cults and organizations that routinely do bad things hate being exposed to the outside world. What is Alsana Castlewood so worried we might find out?

Read this agreement for yourself below.

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