A Teen's Nose-Thumbing Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

Breaches a legal agreement in front of 1,200 Facebook friends

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How much does Facebook cost? Nothing for most people. But a "suck it" post by teen Dana Snay has cost her dad Patrick Snay an $80,000 age discrimination settlement against the Miami-based Gulliver Preparatory School. And that amount was going to fund her European vacation this summer -- presumably among other things, according to the Miami Herald.

The Third District Court of Appeal tossed the settlement because there was a confidentiality agreement that was part of it. Dana spilled the beans to her 1,200 Facebook friends.

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The tiff between 69-year-old Patrick and the private school started in 2010. Snay had been the school's headmaster for years, but the organization declined to renew his contract. He sued, claiming age discrimination and that the school had retaliated against his daughter, who was a student there.

Eventually the two sides settled. Patrick Snay would get $10,000 in back wages. In addition, Gulliver would pay $60,000 to Snay's attorneys and an additional $80,000 settlement. Hardly Lilliputian terms, but all contingent on Patrick Snay and his wife keeping the terms of the settlement private.

It's a common type of arrangement. The side paying the money typically doesn't admit to any fault, which might be used against it in the future. Often, an organization will settle a suit and pay an often significant amount because the cost of a full trial, particularly if a win is not guaranteed, would be much more.

However, although Snay could discuss the confidentiality agreement with his wife, his daughter was not included, according to Newsy. And even if she had been included, the younger Snay was certainly not at liberty to discuss the situation with 1,200 of her closest and dearest Facebook friends.

According to the Herald, the post read: "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."

The reference to a European vacation was apparently a joke, but not one that the school found amusing when word got back. It didn't help that the deal had just been signed, according to CNN, and that many of Dana Snay's friends were former and current students at Gulliver.

Gulliver told the family that the deal was breached, according to Newsy, and that it wouldn't pay. The senior Snay claimed that he had to tell his daughter because of "psychological scars" she had suffered from "retaliation" by the school when she was attending, "which forced me to put her into therapy," he told CNN.

Patrick Snay and his lawyers headed back to district court and won. But the school appealed and won. As the court 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.

Based on the clear and unambiguous language of the parties' agreement and Snay's testimony confirming his breach of its terms, we reverse the order entered below granting the Snays' motion to enforce the agreement.


Snay is now the headmaster of the Riviera Preparatory School in Coral Gables, Florida. And his daughter? Probably learning the value of silence.

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Teen's Facebook Post Costs Father $80K

Erik Sherman

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Erik Sherman has written for the Wall Street Journal, Inc, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He's a regular contributor to CBS MoneyWatch and Inc.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ErikSherman.

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billy.goat5

bunch of ******* bullshit

April 03 2014 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jennieladie

So the school discriminated against him/them and they won the case, but then were punished because they told?
I guess telling is worse than discrimination? I understand he promised he would not, but don't think the school should lack punishment on their actions either.

April 03 2014 at 3:18 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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wlh1923

You don't seem to understand what is going on here or how
a confidentiality agreement works. They weren't punished because they "told", they were punished because they violated the terms of the confidentiality agreement. The confidentiality agreement serves a bunch of purposes for both sides in a civil case. A case that would otherwise NEVER settle can be settled under certain explicit terms. Violate the terms and you breached the settlement agreement. He can't claim ignorance because he agreed to the explicit terms of the agreement - then his airheaded daughter threw a wrench into the works.

April 03 2014 at 9:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
meryleeweisman

If she were mine she'd pay back every single dime of that settlement, along with NO VACATION. If it took her entire life, she'd pay me back that 80k. Starting with her next allowance payment. I'd take it in small increments, five bucks from each allowance payment. I'd do it with a chart, she'd sign for each payment. As her income started to rise, part time jobs etc, her payments would also rise. My guess is that by the time she becomes an adult, she'd be making much bigger payments, ON HER OWN. My own daughter did something stupid with money at the age of 17, to the tune of $700. She paid back every single dime. In $10 payments. But she did it. Today, at 31, four children and she has money in the bank, her and hubby are doing VERY well.

April 03 2014 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tscsandite

rich people and their ******* $$

April 03 2014 at 11:13 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
CHUCKIE

Too much technology for these idiots...

March 06 2014 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
walleeadewalle

Teeeeens...Please, Please and Please...Use your brains effectively!....You mouth and hands should be slower to act than your thoughts! Gosh!

March 06 2014 at 12:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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walleeadewalle

Your*

March 06 2014 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ESTRALITASESCAPE

These back door deals about not talking, are bad for this country and everyone in it. What is that? Legal bribery? A deal like that shouldn't even be on the table! It's why half of the people in this country DON'T know what's going on. They are slowly brainwashing people to accept that kind of behavior from big money. It's a way to shut you up and take away rights for free speech. It's the same thing with plea bargaining. It all sucks.

March 06 2014 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BS Ltd. Studios

Another little rich**** moron. She'll just be mad she won't get to spend all summer in Europe. Don't think she'll learn anything. Too spoiled for too long.

March 06 2014 at 11:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
themastersacademy

That's why you don't let your children have free access to the internet.

March 06 2014 at 11:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sparkybrown7877

Hahaha, they sucked all right, lol Dumb S.....where are you going now, Disneyland?

March 06 2014 at 10:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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