Teen's Facebook status costs parents $80,000
Published 03/03/2014 | 13:34
A teenager has cost her parents $80,000 (€58,000) with an unwise Facebook boast.
According to the Miami Herald, Patrick Snay (69) sued his former employer Gulliver Preparatory School for age-discrimination following the non-renewal of his contract.
In November 2011, the former Headmaster won his case and was awarded an $80,000 settlement subject to a standard confidentiality agreement - the Snays were not to discuss either the outcome of the case or the settlement.
Following the settlement, Dana took to her Facebook account and posted the following status update to over 1,200 Facebook friends:
"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."
Gulliver refused to pay the settlement on the basis that the confidentiality agreement had been breached, as Dana was friends with staff and students of the school on Facebook and had openly shared the outcome of the case with them. This was upheld by a Florida appeals court, who found that the confidentiality clause had, in fact, been breached by the post.
The Snays argued that they "had to say something" to their daughter due to "psychological scars" arising from her time at the school and that she was aware there was an ongoing legal battle. Attorneys have said that it would have been "unlikely" that telling Dana alone would have broken the agreement - it was her broadcasting of the information to over 1,200 people, staff and students that did the damage.
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