A Facebook post by a daughter has lost her father a sum of 80,000 dollars. The decision came after an appeals court ruled that the confidentiality agreement had been broken.
Sixty-nine year old Patrick Snay was the headmaster of Guillver Preparatory School in Miami. The private school decided against renewing in contract after the 2010-2011 one expired, and Snay claimed that it was due to his age. During an age discrimination mediation meeting, the school agreed that it would pay the sum of $80,000, along with $10,000 due in back pay, as well as $60,000 for the attorneys of the former school head.
However, there was a confidentiality agreement in place. Only Snay and his wife, and his attorneys, were allowed to know about the settlement. It was a way to protect the school from any retaliation for discriminating against someone due to their age. However, the former head chose to tell his daughter.
In a court document, the 69-year-old explained that he had to tell his daughter something. She had been a victim at the school and knew that there was a mediation session. He explained how she had been worried about her parents, and deserved to know some of the truth. The husband and wife spoke at length to decide the amount they would share.
Unfortunately, they never explained to her that she could not post the information on Facebook. The young girl has around 1,200 friends on the social networking website, many of those children at the school. They all found out about the settlement and the news spread across the grounds and teachers found out about it.
The Facebook post that lost her father $80,000 very simply boasted about how the money would pay for a family trip to Europe. The school decided that the it was a breach of the confidentiality agreement and quickly decided to not pay the money Snay was due.
At first, Snay won a motion he filed with the Circuit Court, but the school appealed that decision. That led to the hearing to find out just how the daughter had learned about the settlement decision, and why she had posted the information on her Facebook page.
The Third District Court of Appeal in Florida decided that there was a violation of the agreement and Snay was not due the money the Circuit Court decided he could have. The appeal court ruled that the wording in the agreement was “clear and unambiguous,” so Snay knew that he was violating it.
There is still one more option for Snay. He could appeal to the Supreme Court, but there is no confirmation if he is going to do that or not.
This is not the first time posts have spread quickly and led to dire consequences. A fraternity at a Florida university has been suspended due to posts on the social networking website. A cafe was also under fire from moms after posting a message thanking the parents who do not have messy children. It just goes to show how quickly posts can travel and the consequences that can happen; some worse than others. Posting the note about her father winning the settlement on her Facebook has lost him his $80,000 unless he appeals and the Supreme Court rules in his favor.
By Alexandria Ingham