Call Our Free Helpline NOW 949-379-6250

Employment Law News

THE $80,000 STATUS

Posted by Samuel A. Wong | Feb 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Patrick Shay felt discriminated against for his age. He had been terminated from his position as principal at the Gulliver Preparatory School, and he alleged age discrimination as the motive behind his termination. The case settled for $80,000.

Settlement agreements are strictly confidential, and while it may seem like just a precaution, they are in place for a reason. Confidentiality of settlements prevent an over simplified view of litigation and also protects plaintiffs, attorneys, and defendants alike from sharing the outcome with the world. In Patrick Shay's case, the consequences of violating confidentiality were severe.

Mr. Shay told his teenage daughter, Dana, about the agreed settlement. In her excitement, Dana took to Facebook and posted a status.

“Mama and Papa Shay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”

Upon discovering that Dana Shay had violated her father's confidentiality agreement, the court in Florida threw out the settlement, and subsequently, Dana's summer European vacation. So take heed. When it's confidential, it means confidential or else you might find yourself out $80,000.

About the Author

Samuel A. Wong

Samuel A. Wong is a renowned Orange County trial lawyer and a Co-Founder of Aegis Law Firm. Mr. Wong has spent his entire career litigating employment related matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage, disability and medical leave cases. Mr. Wong is also an expert ...


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

The Quickest and Easiest Way to Hold Your Employer Accountable

At the Aegis Law Firm, we know that you may be going through a difficult time, and we are here to help you recover from the wrongs that you suffered. An attorney at our Orange County or Los Angeles law firm can speak with you for a free initial consultation to help you with your employment issues. We also take most cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay any fees unless you win or recover compensation.