Tort Law

Sandusky Accuser McQueary Sues Penn State over Firing, Legal Fees

The former Penn State graduate assistant coach who said he witnessed Jerry Sandusky molest a boy in the shower has filed a lawsuit against the school.

Mike McQueary, who was earning $140,000 before his firing, seeks $4 million for lost future earnings, report the Legal Intelligencer and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).

His suit (PDF) claims school officials misrepresented that they would follow up on his allegations, defamed him by later suggesting he was lying about the shower incident, and then fired him for cooperating with investigators. The suit, filed Tuesday in Centre County, Pa., alleges misrepresentation, defamation and whistle-blower discrimination.

According to the suit, the school paid the legal fees of Penn State officials but not for McQueary. He claims he learned Penn State would not renew his contract from a televised press conference in July.

Sandusky was convicted in June on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

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