What part exactly of “any punitive damages portion of up to 37 million dollars awarded by the court will be donated to charity” and “a private settlement of less than a million dollars does not include the originally sought-after punitive damages” are so many people finding so difficult to compute?
Kristy Fraser-Kirk has not reneged on any promise with regard to her sexual harassment case against David Jones and Mark McInnes. No punitive damages awarded means no punitive damages portion to donate to charity.
After she has paid her legal costs she will barely have enough funds to buy a modest home in Sydney mortgage-free. That’s hardly living the high life, that’s only just barely a modicum of financial security for future years after she voluntarily torpedoed a high-flying career by speaking out.
I imagine that a woman with her advantages will manage to find alternative employment within a not terribly prolonged period, although more likely overseas than here in Oz. But it won’t be nearly the same sort of employment opportunities she might have expected had she not spoken out. I have no problem with her keeping every single cent of the currently agreed private settlement amount to herself.
If she had managed to win millions more, then her obligations with respect to public promises made to others would be a matter of honour in the upholding. But she didn’t win those millions more. She settled for a very, very modest amount. She owes others nothing.