Dana Snay made a huge mistake when the bragged about her family's lawsuit on Facebook.
Snay's father, Patrick, was the headmaster at Gulliver Prep, a prestigious prep school in Miami. He decided he wanted to work until he was 69 (the retirement age in Florida is 62) but when it came time to renew Patrick's contract, the school refused.
Patrick sued Gulliver Prep, claiming the decision was based on his age. This, of course, is illegal to do. The courts sided with Mr. Snay and awarded him $80,000, plus an additional $60,000 for lawyer fees and $10,000 in back pay.
Patrick Snay and his wife.
As part of the settlement between Patrick and Gulliver Prep, there was a confidentiality clause which restricted both parties from publicly announcing what was awarded, the settlement, or details of the overall transaction. The intent was to keep a private dispute private and keep both parties quiet.
Enter: Dana Snay
Patrick's daughter, Dana, attended Gulliver Prep before heading off to Boston College.
When Dana heard about the outcome of the case, she posted on Facebook, "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver." Yikes. The post has since been deleted, but not before people took notice. And as if that one post wasn't enough, Dana proceeded to post, "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT." Again, deleted.
It didn't take long before Gulliver's lawyers took notice of her clear violation of the confidentiality clause.
The court wasn't shy about reversing their decision for Patrick Snay. The $80,000 was revoked. The judge made it clear that Dana breached the contract. "His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent."
So two Facebook posts ended up costing Dana's father the money he was rightfully owed. Goes to show you that people are way too in to over-sharing these days. Also shows you that everyone is watching.
My bet is Dana's European trip has since been cancelled.