A former vice-president of Massey University’s Extramural Students’ Society has been ordered to pay $18,000 after he “humiliated” the society’s former president in a student magazine.
A dispute between former vice-president Dave Crampton and former president Jeannette Chapman in 2013 ended up before the Human Rights Review Tribunal after Crampton passed private details about Chapman to Massive Magazine, Massey’s student publication.
In its decision published on July 29, the tribunal sided with Chapman’s view that she had been “under siege” from Crampton, who sent her an average of 150 emails a week and “harassed” her at home in the evenings and weekends, forcing her to change her telephone numbers twice that year.
I’ve blogged on Chapman before and her behaviour as President was appalling. But two wrongs don’t make a right. 150 e-mails a week is way way over the top – that’s 30 a day. Of course that is not what the damages are for, which are around the release of personal info.
It awarded Chapman $18,000 for the humiliation she suffered, and ordered Crampton to attend an “Introduction to the Privacy Act” workshop.
Being forced to attend a Privacy Act workshop might be the greater punishment 🙂
UPDATE: Stuff has more background on Chapman here.