Catholic Church pays $4 million to settle California lawsuit

Mar 13, 2015 11:43 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Catholic Church in Sacramento has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a former high school football coach's wrongful termination lawsuit.

The settlement is in addition to the $900,000 a jury had earlier ordered the church to pay the coach. Christopher Cerbone was fired after reporting that older players were sexually hazing younger teammates. The church offered the $4 million settlement while a Sacramento County superior court jury deliberated whether to award punitive damages.

The Sacramento Bee reported Friday that the jury was considering awarding Cerbone less than the $4 million settlement. The jury forewoman said jurors were discussing an award of about $1 million to $2 million.

Cerbone was fired shortly after reporting the hazing incident at a Catholic high school in Vallejo in December 2012.

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