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The $80,000 Facebook Post
By: Jessica Cherok
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No one likes a braggart. One family learned a hard lesson about what can happen when you brag on social media. A hard lesson to the tune of $80,000.

Patrick Snay, formerly the head of Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, FL, won an age discrimination suit against the school after he was let go. Snay won the suit, and the school paid him $80,000.

After the agreement was finalized, Snay’s daughter, a student at said preparatory school, posted on her Facebook page, “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”

That message ultimately wound its way back to the school’s officials, who then claimed Snay had broken the terms of the confidentiality agreement on which the settlement was conditioned. As such, the school argued it did not have to pay the $80,000.

The Snay family fought back, arguing that they had not violated the terms of the settlement, but ended up losing. The Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida stated in its ruling:

“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.”

Costly lesson to learn, but one that highlights the importance of watching what you say online.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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