Nick Rolovich was fired with trigger as head coach of the Washington State Cougars in October 2021 for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Friday, Rolovich filed a lawsuit in opposition to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, the college, and WSU athletic director Pat Chun searching for damages, in accordance with ESPN.
The criticism “incorporates eight counts, together with breach of contract, discrimination in opposition to faith, wrongful withholding of wages and violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in addition to the First and 14th Amendments,” per ESPN.
Rolovich, who’s Catholic, had his spiritual exemption denied and was fired by Chun — together with 4 different coaches on his workers — final October.
The state of Washington required all state workers to both be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 or have an permitted exception.
“Washington State College carried out the Governor’s COVID-19 vaccination proclamation for state workers in a good and lawful method, together with in its analysis of worker requests for medical or spiritual exemptions and lodging,” Washington State mentioned.
“For a number of causes, Mr. Rolovich didn’t qualify, and the college firmly stands by that call. Washington State College will vigorously defend itself in opposition to Mr. Rolovich’s claims.”
The swimsuit comes after Rolovich filed a tort claim in opposition to the college in August searching for $25 million for wrongful termination, which is a required step to be able to file a lawsuit in opposition to a state company.
Rolovich was head coach of the Cougars for simply 11 video games earlier than his dismissal, going 5-6 from 2020-21.
He was working beneath a five-year contract with three years remaining and was reportedly paid $3.2 million per 12 months.