Friday, June 22, 2018

Daughter's Facebook brag costs her father $80,000

Miami Herald

Hey, kids, file this one under things not to do on Facebook.

The Third District Court of Appeal tossed out an $80,000 discrimination settlement between Gulliver Preparatory School and its former headmaster Patrick Snay, ruling the ex-employee and his daughter breached the terms of a confidential agreement when she bragged about it on social media.

"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver," Dana Snay posted days later to her 1,200 Facebook friends. "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."

The post, seen by current and former Gulliver students, made its way back to the school's attorneys, who told the Snays they had violated the deal. Patrick Snay last year won a Circuit Court ruling to enforce the deal, but Judge Linda Ann Wells overturned that decision Wednesday.

The case originated in 2010 when Gulliver declined to renew Snay's contract following years of employment. Snay, now 69, claimed age discrimination and retaliation that involved his daughter, a student at the school.

Gulliver settled the case in November of 2011 and agreed to pay checks of $10,000 in back wages, another $60,000 to Snay's attorneys, and an $80,000 settlement to Snay. The terms hinged on a confidentiality agreement that, according to Wells, required Snay and his wife to keep the "terms and existence" of the agreement private.

Snay, however, immediately told his daughter that he had settled.

Alone, it's unlikely confiding in Dana Snay would have jeopardized the settlement. But having just graduated from Gulliver, she took to social media to crow — the European vacation was just a joke, apparently — and in doing so broadcast to current and former students of the school that Gulliver had just lost its case with its former headmaster.

So, four days after inking the deal, Gulliver's attorneys notified the former headmaster that they wouldn't pay. When Snay won a ruling to enforce the settlement, Gulliver appealed and won.

Comments
Gators chomped: Arkansas off to CWS finals, tops Florida 5-2

Gators chomped: Arkansas off to CWS finals, tops Florida 5-2

Gators chomped: Arkansas off to College World Series finals with 5-2 win over defending national champions
Updated: 1 hour ago
Trump tries to change focus of border debate

Trump tries to change focus of border debate

President Donald Trump is highlighting the plight of Americans whose loved ones were killed by people who entered the country illegally
Updated: 1 hour ago
Minor pitches Rangers past Twins for 6th straight win

Minor pitches Rangers past Twins for 6th straight win

Mike Minor pitches 6 solid innings as Texas Rangers beat Minnesota Twins 8-1 for 6th straight win
Updated: 1 hour ago
Trump advises GOP: Quit wasting time on immigration.

Trump advises GOP: Quit wasting time on immigration.

Republican leaders increasingly see President Donald Trump as a party leader who can't be relied upon
Updated: 1 hour ago

AP Top News at 12:57 a.m. EDT

AP Top News at 12:57 a.m. EDT
Updated: 1 hour ago

WNBA: Lynx snap Mercury's 8-game winning streak

WNBA Capsules
Updated: 1 hour ago

Shields wins decision over Gabriels; Hammer next?

Claressa Shields recovered from a first-round knockdown to unanimously outpoint Hanna Gabrielst
Updated: 1 hour ago
Solid outing by Heaney leads Angels past Blue Jays 2-1

Solid outing by Heaney leads Angels past Blue Jays 2-1

Andrew Heaney pitched seven solid innings in another quality start, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays
Updated: 1 hour ago
Martinez HR helps Red Sox rally from 5 down, top M's 14-10

Martinez HR helps Red Sox rally from 5 down, top M's 14-10

J.D. Martinez homered and drove in five, and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 14-10 despite a monster game from Nelson Cruz
Updated: 2 hours ago
Ex-S. Korean premier Kim Jong-pil, spy agency founder, dies

Ex-S. Korean premier Kim Jong-pil, spy agency founder, dies

Kim Jong-pil, who founded South Korea's spy agency and whose political skills earned him two tenures as prime minister, under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency once kidnapped, has died
Updated: 2 hours ago