Ex-Gulliver Prep Headmaster Loses $80K Settlement Because Teen Daughter Bragged About It on Facebook
Patrick Snay was headmaster at Gulliver Preparatory until 2010 when the school declined to renew his contract. He successfully sued for age discrimination and won $10,000 in back wages along with a nice $80,000 settlement. However the deal included a confidentiality agreement.
Unfortunately for Snay, he told his teenage daughter about the settlement and then she promptly bragged about it on Facebook. Now a court has ruled that the school no longer has to pay the $80,000.
According to the Miami Herald, Snay and his wife agreed not to tell anyone about the settlement. However, Snay made the mistake of telling his daughter. She had been a student at Gulliver and he claims she suffered "psychological scars" from her time at the school.
Dana Snay took to Facebook to tell her 1,200-plus friends that, "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."
As the younger Snay was friends with several current and former students, word got back to the school. Gulliver's attorneys informed the Snays that the confidentiality agreement had been broken and they no longer had to pay up.
The elder Snay had won an earlier case forcing the school to pay, but now the Third District Court of Appeals has sided with the prep school. However, Snay can move for a rehearing or appeal the decision to the Florida Supreme Court.