One young student is in for a world of trouble after costing her father $80,000. The brash girl managed to brag her way out of a settlement her father had just won in court that day, proving once again how quickly social media can ruin lives. In this case, there wasn’t only a clear loser but a winning party who was no longer out 80 grand.
The girl’s father is Patrick Snay, 69. The former head of Gulliver Preparatory School filed the suit over an age discrimination complaint when his 2010-11 contract was not renewed for the following year. The school reached a settlement with Snay, who got $10,000 in back pay, an additional $80,000 settlement and also $60,000 in fees towards his lawyer.
Facebook is where it all went wrong. Snay’s daughter, who was a student as the school blasted out a post to over 1,200 followers gloating about the large sum of money coming her way, even though it was her father who had won the suit.
"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT." The inflammatory post did not sit well with other students, who were set to lose out on programs funded by the money the school was about to hemorrhage. The post immediately went viral and came back to haunt the Snay family.
Unfortunately, one of the conditions of winning the suit was a confidentiality clause. In agreeing to pay out after admitting to their fault in discriminating against an employee due to his age, the school hoped to prevent any bad press from getting out. When Snay’s daughter posted about it, the agreement went out the window. In less than 48 hours,she had lost her family the money and the happiness over being vindicated.
The Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida wrote: "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, advertising to the Gulliver community that Snay had been successful in his age discrimination and retaliation case against the school.”
Snay is now headmaster at Riviera Preparatory School in Coral Gables, Florida. His daughter has not posted any updates on the European vacation she was planning on having.