Remember when all you had to worry about was your daughter posting naked selfies of herself on Facebook? Now, things are worse.
In what has to be a new low for the Millennial generation, a daughter's Facebook boasting has cost her family $80,000, and likely ruined the European vacation she was bragging about...
Patrick Snay was the headmaster for Gulliver Preparatory School, but in 2010, the school did not renew his contract. Snay sued the school, alleging age discrimination. Eventually the school and Snay came to a settlement agreement for $80,000. As is common in settlements of this kind, the agreement contained a confidentiality clause. For those playing along at home, a confidentiality clause means that neither Snay, nor the school, could talk about the settlement. Simple stuff, really.
But daughter Dana Snay didn't get the memo. After the settlement was reached, she posted this on Facebook, according to the Miami Herald:
"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver," Dana Snay posted days later to her 1,200 Facebook friends. "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."
Suck it, indeed.
A Florida court quickly threw out the $80,000 settlement. Patrick Snay violated confidentiality when he told his daughter, and his daughter totally blew it apart on Facebook.
Confidentially agreements might seem like a petty attempt to hide the truth, but they are a really important part of most settlement agreements. We can't tell from a settlement agreement that Snay "won" his case against Gulliver. We don't know that Gulliver discriminated against him. All we know is that at some point it was worth $80,000 to Gulliver to make Snay's lawsuit go away, and that Snay wanted $80,000 and then to move on with his life. Dana Snay's characterization that "Mama and Papa Snay won the case" is exactly the kind of simplistic viewpoint that confidentiality agreements are designed to avoid.
And Facebook is not confidential. There's no way the private conversation between father and daughter would have ruined the settlement if the daughter hadn't made that conversation public on Facebook.
On the positive side, Patrick Snay has a new job now. And Dana Snay has learned a lot more about the world than she would have picked up in Europe.