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The $80,000 Status

confidentialPatrick 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.

Employers Can Help Victims of Violence

Being the victim of violence or the threat of violence can be very scary.  Trying to figure out how to keep yourself safe at home, at school, or at work can make the situation even more intimidating.  Fortunately, thanks to California law, you may not have to go it alone.

Normally, only the person who was hurt or threatened can go to court and ask for a restraining order, a process that can be confusing and sometimes expensive.  If a threat or actual violence follows you to work, however, your employer is allowed to step in and go court to get a workplace violence restraining order.

It does not matter who the threatening person is, whether it is an abusive spouse, a criminal, an overreacting client, or anyone else, if there is a good chance he or she might come to your workplace, your employer can seek a restraining order that does not just help protect you in the workplace but also orders the threating person not to go near you or your family anywhere else.

If you feel you might be the victim of violence and that you are not safe at work, considering asking your employer for its help.  After all, what company would not want to keep its employees safe and sound?