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Code of conduct document Jun 23, 2021

I was voted on the board and found out during the meeting at the end that there’s a code of conduit document and I have to sign it or I’m off the board. I never knew about this or else I would of never run. I was so upset. Is this legal? I don’t know anyone that lives in a co-op that does this. I felt ambushed.

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Code of conduct document - Steven424 Jun 25, 2021

I would feel ambushed too. I assume you've had a chance to review the document and you don't agree with it. If you were duly elected by a shareholder vote I don't think the board has the power to arbitrarily throw you off. You might have to contact an attorney about this. Also, check your Bylaws. That document provides the rules under which the board can conduct itself. It should contain a section describing the conditions for board member removal.

If you want to push back, the first thing I would do is ask for copies of the CoC documents signed by every other board member. See if everyone is in the same boat or if you're rowing by yourself. If you get the copies, hang onto them. If you're refused, don't sign anything either. I believe you're still a board member. You may have to contact the Attorney General's office for help.

You'll have to decide if you can live with the CoC. If you can, fine. If not, you may need to talk to an attorney because co-op corporations and their boards are controlled by NYS and NYC laws and regulations.

Good luck!

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Code of ethics - Pooh Jun 25, 2021

The others will sign too but they’re on the board and knew about the document already. It wasn’t even an official document because it was a blank white piece of paper and cut and paste and no date or co-op heading name. It also states in the second half that as a board member I can’t contact our management company or a vendor and I have to go through the President. Obviously the President is insecure that I’m going to out shine her. Who’s going to join the board now with this stupid document.

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