A TEENAGE GIRL’S mouthy Facebook post has cost her father a cool $80,000, and likely will be remembered as one of the most expensive Facebook status updates of all time.
Patrick Snay, 69, the former head of a private school in Miami, Florida has lost an $80,000 age discrimination settlement after his daughter, Dana, boasted about his legal victory on Facebook.
The Miami Herald reported the news, revealing that Dana Fray posted a cocky Facebook status update about the age discrimination settlement between Gulliver Preparatory School and her father, breaching the terms of a confidential agreement that was part of the settlement.
“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT,” wrote Dana on Facebook in a post that was seen by her 1,200 friends and quickly made its way to the school’s attorneys.
Following this, Judge Linda Ann Wells of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal ruled that the Snays had breached the confidentiality agreement, and therefore lost the $80,000 settlement that had been awarded to the ex-headmaster for his contract not having been renewed at the school due to age discrimination.
Judge Well said, “Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do. His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.
“Based on the clear and unambiguous language of the parties’ agreement and Snay’s testimony confirming his breach of its terms, we reverse the order entered below granting the Snays’ motion to enforce the agreement.”
Snay had argued that he had to let his daughter know of the good news because she had suffered “psychological scars” due to his employment issues during her enrollment at the school and was aware that they were in mediation with Gulliver’s attorneys.
He explained, “She was very concerned about it. Because of what happened at Gulliver, she had quite a few psychological scars which forced me to put her into therapy.
“So there was a period of time that there was an unresolved closure for my wife and me. It was very important with her. We understood the confidentiality. So we knew what the restrictions were, yet we needed to tell her something.”
Unfortunately, that argument failed to help Snay retain the right to collect the $80,000 award. µ
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