When it comes to posting things on social media, netizens should know the limits. Everyone should know that they should not post something that’s confidential. After all, restricted information should be kept in private – and social media is the complete opposite of private!
One girl has learned that lesson the hard way – and it cost her family $80,000…
It all started when her 69-year-old dad Patrick Snay’s contract was no longer renewed as headmaster of Gulliver Preparatory School in Pinecrest, Florida for school year 2010-2011. Believing that he was unjustly terminated because of his age, Snay hired a lawyer and sued the school.
It turned out he was right – and the school stands to lose the case in court, not to mention getting their named ruined in the controversy.
So, to hush things up, the school worked on an out-of-court settlement with Patrick Snay. Aside from paying him $10,000 in back wages for the year they terminated him, they also offered him $80,000 as compensation plus $60,000 litigation fees for his lawyer.
Sounds great, right? Well, it was – and unjustly terminated headmaster’s daughter Dana thought so, too. After learning about the windfall, she bragged about it on social media.
Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.
With her being a former student of the school, the post would quickly reach school authorities as she had lots of Facebook friends who are still studying at the school or are teachers/staff and alumni.
While the post wasn’t really wrong per se, Daddy Snay had forgotten to tell his daughter that there was a confidentiality clause in the agreement, meaning neither party is allowed to disclose the terms of the agreement or release to the public the amount of the settlement or reveal the outcome of the case – and the school quickly grabbed the opportunity to save themselves a lot of money! They wrote Snay’s lawyer that they won’t be paying them the agreed amount because of his daughter’s social media post.
Snay was able to win the Circuit Court’s approval for the school to grant him the money but the officials brought the case to the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida, arguing that he broke the confidentiality agreement by telling his daughter who, in turn, made the public announcement on social media.
This time, the higher court ruled with finality that the school had every legal right to keep its money because, indeed, the Snays broke the confidentiality clause. Bye, bye $80,000! And they also had to spend a lot on litigation fees – especially because the school didn’t pay the $60,000 for their lawyer, too!
Double ouch! If only his daughter just enjoyed the money and didn’t brag about it on social media…