Michael McQueary, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was recently awarded an additional $5 million by a Pennsylvania judge. Judge Thomas Gavin of Centre County, Pennsylvania found that McQueary met the state law definition of a whistleblower. He further found that Penn State wrongfully terminated his employment in retaliation for the whistleblowing. The court ordered that McQueary be compensated for lost wages, reputational damage, and humiliation. Significantly, the judge stated that had Penn State publicly recognized McQueary for stepping forward, it would have helped reduce the public shame the school caused him by firing him.
During the eight seasons he served as an assistant coach at Penn State, McQueary coached wide receivers for head coach Joe Paterno. In 2001, he allegedly witnessed retired assistant coach Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy. This was ten years before the scandal was brought to light and Sandusky was charged. In 2012, Sandusky was found guilty of molesting 10 boys. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
McQueary also claimed in his lawsuit that former Penn State President Graham Spanier defamed him during a 2011 public statement. The jury awarded McQueary $7.3 million in compensatory and punitive damages as a result of the defamation and misrepresentation.
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