Facebook Book Post Costs Parents $80,000

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patrick snayBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

A daughter’s post on her Facebook page cost her father the $80,000 settlement he won in an age discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.

Dana Snay took to Facebook to post about her father’s legal victory.

“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver,” she wrote. “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”

That vacation may now be on hold. Lawyers for the school Snay mentioned, Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, used the post, which circulated among many of Snay’s friends who were students and faculty at the school, to prove the Snays violated the confidentiality agreement that was agreed to in the lawsuit settlement, according to a story on Yahoo news.

Snay’s father, Patrick Snay, 69, settled with his former employer after filing an anti-discrimination lawsuit contending the school forced him out of his position as headmaster because of his age.

The Miami Herald reported that the settlement included standard confidentiality agreements that barred Snay from disclosing his settlement.

Third District Court of Appeal Judge Linda Ann Wells tossed out the $80,000 settlement earlier this week.

“Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do,” Wells wrote. “His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.”

Snay’s argument was that he had to tell his daughter the news of the settlement because of the “psychological scars” she endured from his being fired. He said his daughter knew they were in mediation with the school and he needed to tell her the outcome.

Patrick Snay found new employment in Coral Gables where he is the headmaster of Riveria Preparatory School. Dana Snay is a college student at Boston College. She works part-time at Starbucks.


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at