Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Ind. Decisions - "Appeals court overturns $550,000 judgment against Hammond schools"
The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned a $550,000 judgment against the School City of Hammond after determining that a former Gavit High School athletic director was neither defamed nor blacklisted while seeking a similar job elsewhere.
Chad Rueth sued the school district after he wasn't hired in 2012 for the athletic director vacancy at Hammond's Bishop Noll Institute, his high school alma mater.
According to court records, Rueth claimed that individuals connected to Gavit indirectly communicated with the BNI hiring committee in a way that suggested Rueth was "a bad athletic director."
Specifically, Gavit's principal was planning to make Rueth reapply as athletic director, and compete against other applicants for the post, once his one-year contract expired on June 15, 2012.
In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court found any such communication did not meet the legal burden necessary to prove defamation, as the information was not officially disclosed by the school district, was true and also shared with the hiring committee by Rueth himself.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 21, 2017 09:36 AM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions