Patrick Snay, who was a headmaster of a private school in Florida, ended up losing an $80,000 discrimination reimbursement after his daughter got on Facebook and bragged about the award. Snay, age 69, had sued the Miami Gulliver Preparatory School for age discrimination. He ended up winning $10,000 for back pay and also had received an $80,000 settlement, but that was to be kept quiet due to a clause of confidentiality.
However, now the school has refused to pay the settlement because Snay’s daughter Dana proceeded to tell all her 1,200 Facebook friends that her father had won his case against the school and that Gulliver would be paying for her vacation to Europe this summer. The post was noticed by both current and also prior students and once Gulliver’s attorneys found out about the revelation; they informed Snay that the agreement had been broken and that he would not be receiving any of the money from the payout.
Snay was able to get a circuit court to impose the deal however Judge Linda Ann Wells reversed the decision. She stated to the general public that Snay violated his part of the agreement by doing exactly what he had said he would not do. She added that his daughter also did exactly what the confidentiality agreement was intended to avert.
The privacy agreement stated that Snay was not to tell his daughter he had won but he explained to the court that he had felt the need to tell her something because she had suffered from “psychological scars” which came from problems that happened during her enrollment at Gulliver. She had been aware that he was in negotiation with the lawyers from Gulliver but supposedly did not know why.
Snay, who now works as the headmaster at another private academy in Miami, has the choice of filing an appeal so to have a second hearing and can also send a motion to the Supreme Court of Florida if he wishes. This clash goes back to the year 2010 when Gulliver refused to renew Snay’s employment contract. He felt he had been the victim of age discrimination and that his daughter has suffered from some sort of retribution from the school as well, She had attended it at the time.
The settlement was initially agreed upon in 2011, after Gulliver decided to pay Snay $10,000 for back salaries, $60,000 to his attorneys and also an $80,000 reimbursement with the condition that he had to keep the terms and existence of the contract private. He failed to do that when he told his daughter about the money. She is now away at university studying at Boston College in Massachusetts. That is what it has listed on her Facebook at the present time.
Repeating, Patrick Snay, who was the headmaster of Gulliver, ended up losing an $80,000 discrimination reimbursement after his daughter got on Facebook and bragged about the award. Snay, age 69, had sued the Miami school for age discrimination. He ended up winning $10,000 for back pay and also had received an $80,000 settlement, but that was to be kept quiet due to a clause of confidentiality.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Miami Herald