Award for Penn State whistleblower in Sandusky scandal rises to $12 million

December 1, 2016 01:49

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday awarded $5 million to a former Penn State University assistant football coach who implicated Jerry Sandusky in the sexual assault of young boys, bringing to more than $12 million what the school has been ordered to pay the coach.

Judge Thomas Gavin of Centre County, Pennsylvania, ruled that Michael McQueary qualified as a whistleblower under a state law and that the school wrongfully fired him as retaliation for reporting Sandusky to school officials.McQueary will be awarded $4 million for past and future lost salary and $1 million for reputational damage and humiliation over his firing, Gavin said in a written ruling.

The evidence was "overwhelming" that McQueary's firing was connected to his whistleblowing, the judge wrote.

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