Court Orders Iowa State U. to Pay Former Employee $650,000

The Iowa Supreme Court has ordered Iowa State University to pay a former employee $650,000 for being mistreated by his superiors, the Associated Press reports. After Dennis Smith, who was a marketing employee in the College of Engineering, reported alleged mismanagement by his boss, she “engaged in unremitting psychological warfare” against Mr. Smith, the court said.

In 2012 a jury awarded Mr. Smith $500,000 in damages, a sum that the Supreme Court upheld on Friday. The court tacked on $150,000 in reputational harm to Mr. Smith, who said the ruling allowed him to ask for reimbursement of $400,000 in legal fees.

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