Target: Judge Edwin Scales of the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida
Goal: Re-award an $80,000 settlement to former principal, Patrick Snay
Former headmaster of Florida’s Gulliver Preparatory School, Patrick Snay, filed an age discrimination complaint against the school when his contract was not renewed in 2011. He was 66 years old at the time. A few months later, Mr. Snay was awarded an $80,000 settlement. Part of the agreement that the parties came to was that both Mr. Snay and his wife would have to keep quiet about the details of the case.
Unfortunately for Mr. Snay, his daughter took to Facebook shortly after the settlement was agreed upon and wrote: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” Shortly thereafter, lawyers representing the school sent word to Mr. Snay that his settlement would be thrown out because he had violated the confidentiality agreement. The agreement mentioned nothing of his daughter breaking confidentiality. However, Mr. Snay was not allowed to speak to anyone about the case besides his lawyers and other advisers. Mr. Snay defends his decision to tell his daughter by claiming that she was very much a part of the ordeal, often being retaliated against at Gulliver during her time there after her father was let go. She was even admitted to intensive therapy to deal with the stress of the situation.
Ultimately, the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida agreed that Mr. Snay had, in fact, violated confidentiality and reversed the Circuit Court ruling. This is unfortunate as it takes a deserved settlement out of the hands of a family that needs the money. There should be no action taken against this family and they should be immediately given the money originally awarded. The distress caused by Gulliver should outweigh any confidentiality agreement, particularly when it applies to their daughter, who was not listed in the agreement. Sign this petition and ask that future appeals by the Snay’s will be accepted.
Dear Judge Edwin Scales,
The recent decision to overturn the ruling in favor of Mr. Patrick Snay’s age discrimination suit due to a violation of a confidentiality agreement is unfortunate. The agreement did not list Mr. Snay’s daughter as being held to this agreement. She should not be held responsible for taking away her fathers deserved settlement.
I ask that you immediately review the facts of the case and make a decision that is in line with national law. By throwing out the settlement agreement, you will justify the actions of Gulliver. Their treatment of Mr. Snay as well as his daughter caused tremendous emotional distress and they should be repaid for that pain.
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