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Daughter's Facebook status costs her family $80,000

Daughter's Facebook status costs her family $80,000
Daughter's Facebook status costs her family $80,000
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According to an article published by the Miami Herald on Feb. 26, a Florida man lost his $80,000 lawsuit settlement when his daughter posted a Facebook status that broke a confidentiality clause.

The Miami Herald reports that 69-year-old Patrick Snay was the headmaster at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami until 2010 when the school decided not to renew his contract. Snay filed a lawsuit alleging age discrimination, and won a $80,000 settlement in 2011. As a part of the settlement Snay reportedly agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential, and that's where the trouble began.

Reports indicate that Snay's daughter, Dana Snay posted a Facebook status bragging about the fact that her parents won their case against Gulliver. In her status Snay said: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver.” She went on to say: “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”

Word of Dana Snay's status reportedly reached the school's lawyers, who filed an appeal of the verdict. Judge Linda Ann Wells ruled that Snay violated the terms of the agreement, and ultimately tossed out the $80,000 suit.

Officials say Patrick Snay can request a rehearing with the Florida Supreme Court, but it's not clear at this time if the motion has been filed.

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