The Cost of Internet Defamation

HuffPostCredits: The Huffington Post
By: Sue Scheff

In our kids ears and out of their mouths -- and now, on to their social networking sites!

That may not be exactly what happened in the case of Patrick Snay, former headmaster of Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida, but it is eerily similar.

After his contract was not renewed in 2010, he sued the school for age discrimination. In November 2011, the case was settled for $80,000 with a confidentiality agreement. Unfortunately, Snay shared this confidential information with his daughter.

She decided to take the information and share it on her Facebook page, stating, "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."

Within a short amount of time this post leaked back to Gulliver School officials and a letter went to the Snays' attorney stating that Snay had broken a confidentiality agreement and that he would not be receiving the $80,000 settlement.

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