Daughter's 'Suck It' Facebook post costs Florida man $80K

Post violated a confidentiality agreement Patrick Snay had reached with Guillver Preparatory School.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   March 3, 2014 at 8:33 AM
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MIAMI, March 3 (UPI) -- If you don’t have anything nice to say, it might be wise not to say anything at all -- even on Facebook.

After her father reached an agreement where he would receive an $80,000 settlement and $10,000 in back pay from Guillver Preparatory School, a Miami girl wrote on Facebook that the school could “SUCK IT.”

"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."

Patrick Snay, 69, filed a discrimination complaint against the school when his 2010-11 contract wasn't renewed and the two sides agreed to the settlement.

When his daughter posted the message to her 1,200 or so followers, Gulliver Schools found out about the post and sent a letter stating that Snay had broken a confidentiality agreement and the $80,000 would no longer be paid.

After a lower court ruled that Snay should receive the money, the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida reversed the decision and ruled that Snay had violated the agreement.

"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 wrote.

“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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