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Facebook Post Costs One Dad $80,000

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Can you imagine if something you posted on Facebook ended up costing you and your family $80,000?

Well, that’s a reality for one Miami girl.  Here’s what happened…

Patrick Snay, a former teacher at Gulliver in Miami, was let go from his job back in 2010.  He claimed he was let go unfairly and sued Gulliver, stating age discrimination was the reason for his termination.

He won the suit, so Gulliver agreed to pay $10, 000 in back pay, as well as, $60, 000 in attorney fees and another $80,000 to Patrick Snay.

Well, as with any lawsuit, there are terms and conditions that Mr. Snay and his family agreed to strictly follow.  No problem, right?  Wrong.

Patrick’s daughter, Dana Snay, a recent graduate of Gulliver, was so pumped that her father won the lawsuit against the school that she used to attend and that he was wrongfully terminated from, that she posted a status about it on Facebook.

Here’s what she wrote:  “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver…Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. $&%@ IT.”

Not only did that post go out to about 1,200 of her facebook friends, some past and present Gulliver students, it also breached the terms of the confidentiality agreement in the lawsuit.

So, in the end, The Third District Court of Appeal tossed out an $80,000 discrimination settlement, and Dana Snay isn’t getting that free European vacation after all…



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