A Teenager Bragged On Facebook And It Ended Up Costing Her Dad $80,000.
According to tradition, most people retire by the age of 65 but some folks just won't quit. Patrick Snay, headmaster of Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, wanted to continue working at the age of 69, but the school denied to renew his contract.
The seasoned headmaster took action by suing the school for age discrimination, and in 2011, was granted a settlement that would pay out a total of $150,000 —$80,000 for his troubles, $60,000 for his attorney, and another $10,000 for back pay.
The family had plenty reason to celebrate the win, but his daughter, Dana Snay, took her excitement to the public. The young woman boasted about the results of the settlement on Facebook, breaching the confidentiality agreement.
"Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver," the post read. "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."
As a former Gulliver student, Dana's message circulated among her 1,200 Facebook friends, which included a number of other alumni.
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This is Patrick Snay, and he had it all.
By the time we reach our 60s, most of us imagine marriage, children, and a great career. Patrick Snay had all of that and more.
He was good at his job.
He earned a solid reputation as headmaster of Miami's Gulliver Preparatory School. It's easy to under estimate those in education, but teachers and headmasters alike have to deal with a number of issues that we never think about.
According to Private Schools Expert Robert Kennedy, "The head of a private school in the new millennium has to have the executive ability of Fortune 1000 executive, the diplomatic skills of Ban Ki-moon and the vision of Bill Gates.
"S/he has to deal with substance abuse. S/he has to be politically correct. His graduates have to get into the right colleges. He has to raise millions for this project and that. He has to sort through legal issues which would numb the mind of a Philadelphia lawyer. He needs the diplomatic skills of an ambassador to deal with parents."
He also has a lovely daughter.
Dana previously attended Gulliver, where a majority of administration and staff hold advanced degrees and where the average class size is about 16 students.
After all her hard work, she was accepted to Boston College. Boston College's acceptance rate has been steadily declining over the years, so we can assume that Dana was one smart cookie.
But then something happened.
Headmaster Snay was informed that the school would not be renewing his contract and he responded by suing the institution with age discrimination, an especially relevant issue now, when demands for speed and tech expertise are glorified and sometimes preferred over years of experience.
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The seasoned leader won a settlement.
In 2014, the school agreed to pay $80,000 as well as $60,000 of attorney fees and $10,000 in back pay.
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