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Penn State Sandusky Saga Continues to Provide Painful Lessons for Employers on What Not to Do In Response to Workplace Scandals Such as Employees Engaging in Sexual Misconduct, Harassment, etc.

Already, Penn State University has paid a heavy price (millions of dollars and lost football scholarships, not to mention damage to its reputation) for allegedly sweeping under the rug scandalous conduct of convicted sex offender and former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. However, while Penn State's football team appears to have weathered the storm, the university's problems are far from over. In October, a jury awarded former assistant coach, Mike McQueary, $7.3 million for Penn State's mishandling of his report that he had witnessed Sandusky molesting a young boy in a locker room shower. Worse yet, on November 30th a judge tacked on another $5 million for McQueary's whistleblower retaliation claims, separate from the already huge jury verdict. This case holds some poignant lessons for employers who may be faced with news of serious misconduct by any of their employees, whether it be sex harassment, unlawful discrimination, or criminal activity.

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