Judge Awards $5 million to a former Penn State Coach
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday awarded more than $5 million to a former Penn State assistant football coach over his treatment by the university following Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child molestation charges five years ago.
Judge Thomas Gavin ruled in favor of Mike McQueary’s whistleblower claim , adding to a jury’s $7.3 million verdict issued last month for defamation and misrepresentation.
“Only when the ‘Sandusky Matter’ became public was Mr. McQueary subjected to disparate treatment and adverse employment consequences,” Gavin wrote. He said the decision to order McQueary to keep out of athletic facilities after placing him on administrative leave with pay “was the equivalent of banishment.”
The judge said McQueary was humiliated in several respects, including “being told to clean out his office in the presence of Penn State personnel, an action that suggests he had done something wrong and was not to be trusted.”
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