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Monday, March 3, 2014

The $80,000 Facebook Post

A $80,000 Facebook post?  Yes, that's what it cost a former employee who lost his age discrimination settlement payment because his daughter posted about the settlement on her Facebook page.

The former headmaster of a Miami private school sued his school in 2010, and won a settlement of $80,000. The settlement agreement included a confidentiality clause that prohibited him or the school from talking about the case.  His daughter, however, bragged about the settlement on her Facebook page, posting the following:
Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT. 
1,200 of her Facebook friends saw the post, which also found its way to the school, who appealed the verdict. The judge tossed out the settlement, finding that the former headmaster violated the agreement because his daughter revealed the settlement terms.

He is likely to appeal the judge's decision. 

The lesson of the day?  You can't always trust your social media "friends" or your privacy settings to protect your social media activities so act as if anyone and everyone (your mom, teacher, grandmother, boss, future boss) will see what you post.

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