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Daughter's Facebook foghorn blows dad's $80,000

A Florida headmaster wins an $80,000 age discrimination settlement. Then his daughter has to tell her Facebook friends about it (of course.) This contravenes the terms of the settlement.

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Fathers, don't let your daughters anywhere near Facebook. Especially when you've just come into $80,000.

This is the painful moral from another day in Florida.

The story began so brightly for the Snay family. As the Miami Herald reports, Patrick Snay used to be the headmaster at Miami's Gulliver Preparatory School.

In 2010, his contract wasn't renewed. He claimed age discrimination. He also claimed there had been retaliation against his daughter, who was a pupil at the school.

At the end of 2011, Snay won a settlement, with $80,000 going to him personally, as well as $10,000 in previous earnings. But one of the conditions was that everything had to kept confidential.

Snay told his daughter, Dana. She popped along to Facebook to pop off to 1,200 of her closest friends.

She wrote: "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."

So, about that confidentiality agreement.

Patrick Snay told the Herald: "We knew what the restrictions were, yet we needed to tell her something." This is understandable, but surely he also needed to tell her to not shout it to her 1,200 closest Facebook friends.

You'll be stunned into performing a pedicure with a hacksaw when I tell you that among her 1,200 closest Facebook friends were Gulliver students.

The school's lawyers were quickly informed and refused to pay. On Wednesday, Florida's Third District Court of Appeal ruled for the school.

Snay isn't yet all out of appeals. He can still try the Florida Supreme Court, for example. However, one wonders how Dana Snay feels about the whole thing.

It surely can't be easy knowing that you might have blown your dad's hard-earned settlement, through a moment of social indiscretion.

I went to Facebook (where else?) to see if I could locate her, and found a Dana Snay who claims her home as Miami and says she's a former student of Gulliver Preparatory School.

She now studies at Boston College and works as a barista at Starbucks.

Her timeline seems to be set to private.