There's trouble in paradise.
At Woodside's historic Filoli estate, many of the 1,300 volunteers, who do everything from selling tickets to building the trails used for nature hikes, have expressed anger and dismay over an agreement that Filoli says they must sign by March 1 or lose their volunteer jobs.
It appears that hundreds of volunteers may chose to quit rather than sign an agreement that would release Filoli from liability for injury or other damages that volunteers may incur while doing work there.
An email from Filoli management on Feb. 13 says only 600 volunteers had signed the agreement at that point.
The part of the agreement that volunteers say is the most objectionable is a "release and indemnification" which states that the volunteers "will not make a claim of any negligence, personal injury, wrongful death or property damage against Filoli and its employees, officers and agents" for anything that happens while volunteering.
The agreement also says: "I understand that I will be responsible for medical costs incurred by accident, illness or injury associated with my services to Filoli."
Filoli management, including Executive Director Cynthia D'Agosta and Filoli's head of public relations Christina Syrett, has declined to comment on the controversy. A board meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 18, and Friends of Filoli president Heidi Brown said she "will have more information" after the meeting.
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