Dad Loses $80,000 Settlement, Thanks to Daughter's Facebook Post
byKaitlin StanfordMar 05, 2014
Teenagers aren't exactly the best at keeping a lid on things ... or using the most appropriate phrasing, for that matter. Combine that with the fact that everything they encounter in a given day is instantly assessed for its Instagram-, Twitter-, or Facebook-worthiness, and you can pretty much guarantee things are bound to go wrong somewhere.
Take Dana Snay, a Florida teen who might want to lay off the status updates for the foreseeable future (or maybe, for life) after her latest one set her dad back a hefty $80,000. (Ouch.)
Her dad, 69-year-old Patrick Snay had just been granted $80,000 after winning an age-discrimination case he filed back in 2011. The former headmaster of Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami sued for discrimination after his contract was not renewed for the 2010-11 school year. In addition to that $80,000, Gulliver Prep was also ordered to give Snay $10,000 in back-pay and $60,000 to cover Snay's legal fees.
Unfortunately, that check wasn't even delivered before Snay's daughter fired off a status update that caused the judge to reneg on the $80,000 altogether.
"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."
Sigh. That post went out to 1,200 Facebook fans, which included many former and current Gulliver Prep students.
Now, aside from the fact that the post was ... well, kind of obnoxious, it also posed another major problem: It violated Patrick Snay's court agreement that he not discuss the rulings with anyone other than his wife and attorneys.
After the court reversed its ruling, Snay filed an appeal, and even headed back to court recently for another hearing as to whether he violated it by telling his daughter.
According to court documents, "Papa Snay" gave a statement attempting to explain how the whole matter went down:
"What happened is that after the settlement, my wife and I went in the parking lot, and we had to make some decisions on what we were going to tell my daughter. Because it's very important to understand that she was an intricate part of what was happening.
"She was retaliated against at Gulliver. So she knew we were going to some sort of mediation. She was very concerned about it. Because of what happened at Gulliver, she had quite a few psychological scars which forced me to put her into therapy.
"So there was a period of time that there was an unresolved enclosure for my wife and me. It was very important with her. We understood the confidentiality. So we knew what the restrictions were, yet we needed to tell her something."
Unfortunately for Snay, the court's official verdict did not rule in his favor, meaning he can pretty much kiss that $80,000 goodbye.
On the bright side? Snay has a new job now, as the head of Riviera Preperatory School in Coral Gables, Fla. But it doesn't look like Dana will be flying to Europe anytime soon.