A South Florida girl’s 23-word Facebook boast ended up costing her family a cool $80,000, which works out to almost $3,500 a word, a per-word sum any best-selling writer would give his eye-teeth to earn.
When the employment contract of the girl’s father, Patrick Shay, 69, as headmaster of Miami’s Gulliver Preparatory School wasn’t renewed, Shay filed an age discrimination suit, according to CNN.
An $80,000 settlement was agreed on in November of 2011, contingent upon non-disclosure. But before the ink had dried on the agreement, the daughter just had to tell someone and break the settlement’s confidentiality terms. And she did it in a big way — she had 1,200 Facebook friends.
“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver,” she posted on Facebook to her Facebook friends — including former Gulliver classmates. “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
Word quickly spread to school officials who said the deal was over due to the girl’s indiscretion.
The trial court held that Shay didn’t violate confidentiality by telling his daughter. The school appealed, and Florida’s Third Court of Appeals reversed that decision.
“Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do. His daughter then did precisely 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 said, according t CNN.
“Based on the clear and unambiguous language of the parties’ agreement and Snay’s testimony confirming his breach of its terms, we reverse the order entered below granting the Snays’ motion to enforce the agreement.”
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