Confidentiality agreements attached to legal settlements are serious business. One daughter learned that the hard way.
The former headmaster of Gulliver Preparatory School, Patrick Snay had won a $80,000 settlement from a discrimination suit. As is common in those kind of settlements, part of the deal was that Snay would keep the details of the settlement quiet. Well, his daughter apparently didn’t get the memo and posted on Facebook about the settlement, exposing the details to her (at the time) 1,200 friends.
Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver[.] Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.
Word of the post got back to Gulliver’s lawyers, who were probably more than happy to see the opportunity to recoup some of their client’s losses. Four days after inking the deal, Gulliver’s lawyers informed Snay that they would not be paying him. The first court agreed with Snay, but an appeals court ruled today that Gulliver would not have to pay damages to Snay (but would still have to pay lawyer fees and backpay).
The case dates back to 2010 when Gulliver declined to renew Snay’s contract. Snay argued that their decision was based in age discrimination and a court agreed with him. As an aside, the Snay family contends that Dana Snay was also subjected to discrimination during her time attending the school, due to her father’s case.
Patrick Snay can bring it to another appeals court, or to Florida’s Supreme Court.
[Photo credit: Ed Yourdon]