Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

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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.

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