Patrick Snay, 69, was awarded an $80,000 settlement in his age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Guillver Preparatory School in Miami in 2011, but the school informed him it would not be paying the sum after his daughter posted about the settlement on Facebook, CNN reported Monday.
"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT," the post read.
The school said Snay and his wife violated the confidentiality agreement by telling their daughter about the settlement. The agreement stated the couple was not to speak about it except to their lawyers and other professional advisers.
Snay's motion to enforce the settlement was upheld by a circuit court ruling, but the school appealed but the 3rd District Court of Appeal agreed Snay had violated confidentiality.
"Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do. His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent, advertising to the Gulliver community that Snay had been successful in his age discrimination and retaliation case against the school," the court said in its ruling.
"Based on the clear and unambiguous language of the parties' agreement and Snay's testimony confirming his breach of its terms, we reverse the order entered below granting the Snays' motion to enforce the agreement."
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