A daughter taking to Facebook to brag on the fact that her family won a sizable court settlement and how it was going to pay for a future European vacation inadvertently cost her father (and, by extension, the family) said settlement -- $80,000. Ignorance of the details regarding the settlement and an inability to restrain herself from updating her Facebook account with the news led to a court decision on age discrimination to be overturned on appeal.
Yahoo Shine reported Feb. 28 that Patrick Snay won a lawsuit against Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami for age discrimination when they refused to renew his contract as headmaster in 2010. Snay, who is 69, won a settlement of $80,000 in November 2011. Due to a confidentiality agreement, neither Snay nor Gulliver Preparatory School were allowed to discuss the particulars of the case.
But, according to the Miami Herald, Dana Snay, Patrick's daughter, who was away attending Boston College and working as a part-time Starbuck's barrista, went on Facebook and shared the news with her over 1,200 Facebook friends.
“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver,” she posted. “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
Many of Dana Snay's friends are former and current Gulliver students and, as might be expected, the school's lawyers soon were made aware of it. They then appealed the 2011 decision. This week, a judge negated the $80,000 settlement due to breach of the confidentiality agreement.
“Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do,” Judge Linda Ann Wells wrote in her ruling. “His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.”
All things considered, Dana Snay's indiscreet Facebook brag probably isn't the worst post to ever appear on Facebook where bragging led to legal problems. That title might go to 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown who took to Facebook to talk about a "classic" drunken hit-and-run he was involved in early New Year's Day 2013.
And that European vacation Patrick Snay's daughter was planning on taking? Well, good luck with that on a barrista's wages.