Daughter’s Facebook Post Costs Father $80,000

A former school headmaster lost $80,000 in settlement charges because of a Facebook post his daughter made about the agreement.

Suck It

Patrick Snay, 69, the former Head of Gulliver Preparatory School filed an age discrimination complaint against the school after his contract wasn’t renewed in for the 2010-2011 school year. The school agreed on a settlement of $10,000 in back pay, $80,000 as compensation, and a $60,000 for Snay’s attorney.

Less than a day after the agreement was signed, however, Snay’s daughter boasted about the large payday on Facebook. The post read “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”

No Vacation

Within a few days, the school said the Mr. Snay wouldn’t be receiving his $80,000 due to a breach in the contract’s confidentiality agreement. The agreement stated that neither Mr. nor Mrs. Snay could speak about the settlement to people except for his attorneys or professional advisers.

Mr. Snay won a settlement enforcement order, but the decision was overturned on appeal. The appeals court stated in its reports that Mr. Snay expressly violated the terms of the agreement by informing his daughter, and his daughter did the very thing the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.