Tuesday, April 1, 2014

One Florida teen's Facebook post cost her dad $80,000

Story originally appeared on ajc.com.

Dana Snay's fatther, Patrick Snay, had settled an age discrimination case with his former emmployer for that exact amount, after which his daughter posted to Facebook:  "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver.  Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer.  SUCK IT."
Patrick Snay had been the headmaster at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami for years unitl the school decided not to renew his contract back in 2010.  The Miami Herald reports Partrik Snay, now 69, claimed age discrimination and retaliation involving his daughter in a subsequent lawsuit against the school.

The school settled with Patrick Snay for $80,000 with the stipulation that he and his wife not discuss the  suit with anyone.  Clearly his daughter didn't get the memo about confidentiality.  Her post made the rounds among her friends, who are current and former students at the school, before reaching the school's attorneys, who then told the family they violated the deal.
Patrick Snay's defense - he says he had to tell his daughter because she suffered "psychological scars" from undisclosed issues shed's had at the school.  Despite Snay winning another ruling enforcing the settlement, the school appealed and won.  Patrick Sany has the option to appeal that ruling, but an attorney tells Yahoo! he likely won't be getting any of the money back.  And about that European vacation?  Probably not going to happen.  Facebook posts have landed other in trouble before, like an Oregon teen who was arrested last year after police were tipped off out his post that revealed he was drinking and driving.
So we'll leave you with a bit of perhaps obvious advice.

Best put by Slate's Katy Waldman to fellow millennials:  "Don not boast.  Do not mess with attorneys.  Do not overshare on social media..."

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