According to recent news reports, 69-year-old former head of a Florida private preparatory school Patrick Snay was out to claim his $80,000 from the institution after they both agreed to settle the lawsuit.
To his surprise, the monetary relief that he had been expecting is now far possible after the school informed his lawyer that it will no longer be paying Snay with any amount of the agreed settlement since the latter had broken a confidentiality agreement.
What Snay did not know is that while he and his wife were feeling victorious over the said settlement, his daughter, on the other hand, was obviously pretty overwhelmed with the good news that she didn’t even notice that she had been oversharing things on her Facebook account.
Unfortunately, the girl’s post spread like a wildfire and reached the school officials’ knowledge.
Thus, a few days later, the school sent a letter to Snay’s labor discrimination attorney noting that Snay had broken a confidentiality agreement so he would no longer be receiving the $80,000 settlement.
Snay subsequently filed a motion to enforce the settlement which he won during a Circuit Court ruling. However, the school appealed the decision.
A hearing was further held to determine if Snay’s daughter’s knowledge of the settlement as well as the girl’s Facebook post had violated the confidentiality of the settlement agreement.
Unfortunately, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal agreed that Snay had indeed violated confidentiality. Thus, the court of appeal eventually reversed the previous circuit court ruling.
“Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do. His daughter then did 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 of appeal noted in its verdict.
Obviously, Snay got nothing but most probably a whopping legal fees he has to foot to his lawyer.
Hopefully, this would serve as a lesson for others out there who might have been spilling too much information on their social media accounts.