Careless posting on social media has cost an employee who was discriminated against by Gulliver Preparatory School his $80,000.00 settlement. As CNN reports, the former head of Gulliver Preparatory School settled his age discrimination case and agreed to keep the settlement confidential. His daughter, however, carelessly posted on facebook: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” Gullliver successfully prevented the plaintiff from obtaining his settlement proceeds as the Third District Court found that the plaintiff had violated confidentiality. The moral of the story: Settlement agreements are freely negotiated and each clause within the agreement is critical. The attorney should carefully explain settlement agreements to their client and the client should abide by them in their entirety.
When Neil Sedaka sang “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” I don’t think this is what he had in mind.