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Teen's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | about 6 months ago

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "BBC reports that when Dana Snay learned her father had been awarded an $80,000 cash settlement in an age-discrimination lawsuit against his former employer, she couldn't resist bragging about it on Facebook. "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver," the teen posted to her 1,200 Facebook friends. "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT." Trouble was her father had signed a confidentiality agreement so the school refused to pay a dime and a Florida appeals court has found in the school's favor. “Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do,” wrote Judge Linda Ann Wells. “His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.” Snay's father said in depositions that he and his wife knew they had to say something to their daughter because she suffered “psychological scars” from issues during her enrollment at the school and was aware that they were in mediation with Gulliver attorneys. Attorneys say it's unlikely confiding in Dana Snay would have jeopardized the settlement — it was the facebook post that did them in. "Remember when all you had to worry about was your daughter posting naked selfies of herself on Facebook?" writes Elie Mystal at "Above the Law". "Now, things are worse.""

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There are good reasons (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | about 6 months ago | (#46380239)

There are good reasons for these confidentiality clauses.

Sadly they have nothing to do with good for society.
In general these clauses are the tax for a secret society of leaches
that would do as much harm to anyone with a pocket.

The only way I would sign such a thing is with a 100x reciprocity clause
should the other side divulge the amount or specifics to other like proceedings.
Currently it is a one way trap and there is no penalty for those that concede
to a modest settlement because the cost (social, financial, time) to get
a better perhaps more honest result is such a burden.

Perhaps there are better ways but these gag orders are not good for much of
society and need to be refactored.

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