Patrick Snay, 69 - the former head of Guillver Preparatory School - filed an age discrimination complaint when his 2010-11 contract wasn't renewed.
In November 2011, the school and Snay
came to an agreement in which Snay
would be paid $10,000 in back pay, and an $80,000 settlement.
Within a few days, Gulliver Schools
sent a letter to Snay
's attorneys stating that Snay had broken a confidentiality agreement and that he
would not be receiving the $80,000 settlement.
The agreement stated that neither Snay nor his
wife could speak about the settlement to anyone except for his
attorneys and other professional advisers.
filed a motion to enforce the settlement and won in a Circuit Court ruling.
The school appealed.
So we knew what the restrictions were, yet we needed to tell her
explained in court documents.
Last week, the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida agreed that Snay
had, in fact, violated confidentiality and reversed the Circuit Court ruling.
It wrote: "Snay
violated the agreement by doing exactly what he
had promised not to do.
daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent, advertising to the Gulliver community that Snay
had been successful in his
age discrimination and retaliation case against the school.
"Based on the clear and unambiguous language of the parties' agreement and Snay's testimony confirming his
breach of its terms, we reverse the order entered below granting the Snays' motion to enforce the agreement."
Snay is now the headmaster at Riviera Preparatory School in Coral Gables, Florida.