How does a Facebook post cost $80,000? When a bragging kid breaks her father’s confidentiality clause in a legal settlement, that’s when. Patrick Snay is out $80,000 thanks to his daughter’s knack to tell-all via Facebook, according to CNN News on March 3.
The 69-year-old former head of Guillver Preparatory School filed an age-discrimination case when he was let go from his top spot at the educational institution. When the school failed to renew his contract Snay sued and an out-of-court monetary agreement was made that he would receive an $80,000 settlement and another $10,000 for back pay.
Snay’s attorney was also paid $60,000 by the school which rounded out the settlement. With this settlement came a confidentiality clause stipulating Snay must keep the monetary amount quiet or the money would be forfeited.
Apparently Snay didn’t think telling his family about the agreement would cause any harm, but he didn’t count on his daughter’s tendency to tell-all in the social networks to do him in.
Snay’s daughter sent her message to over 1,200 Facebook followers and it said:
"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."
Some of her Facebook friends were Gulliver students and the word got back to the school’s officials in a shake of a lamb’s tail! A letter from Gulliver School followed informing Snay that there's a problem. The confidentiality clause of the contract had been broken and that the $80,000 would not be coming.
Snay won a Circuit Court ruling after filing a motion to enforce the settlement, but the school appealed. Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal found that Snay did in fact break that confidentiality clause and reversed the Circuit Court ruling. Snay will not be getting the money. It looks like his daughter’s trip will not be financed by the money her father was due to get from the school’s settlement.
Snay has found another job as a headmaster at a school in Coral Gables, Florida. Hopefully he has taught his daughter the consequences of spilling your life onto the pages of the social networks, as this could be dangerous or even costly, as it was in the Snay family’s case.