To be branded a liar publicly for all to see affects an independent consultant’s ability to attract and retain clients now and in the future. The damage is irreversible, Feathers In the Wind.”
The Brownsville Independent School District Shit Show continues. It started when the district went out for competitive proposals for their self-funded health plan. During that process the district’s insurance consultant was repeatedly called a liar by a board member during a public, video recorded, school board meeting.
To be branded a liar publicly for all to see negatively affects an independent consultant’s ability to attract and retain clients now and in the future. The reputational damage is irreversible.
In our opinion the consultant has no other choice but to defend himself. He should publish a rebuttal and demand the BISD board of trustees allow him to enter it into the public record at a future BISD board meeting. He should demand an apology from the accuser. He can’t let this go, his reputation depends on it.
In a board meeting last week the Brownsville Independent School District board of trustees voted 4-3 to condemn the offending board member by passing a formal resolution into the public record. This punishes offensive behavior but it doesn’t do much towards fully restoring the consultant’s reputation.
The district’s insurance consultant must act. “The only thing a Son-of-A-Bitch understands is another Son-of-A-Bitch.”
Protecting one’s reputation is universally understood as the primary purpose of defamation law. In a case like this what could be the damages for reputational harm? Based on past history this consultant is not afraid of the courtroom.