Washington State U. Coach Files Wrongful Termination Claim for Being Fired After Refusing COVID Vaccine
“…Coach Nick Rolovich, a Catholic who was denied a religious exemption to the vaccine mandate for state employees.”
Former Washington State University football coach Nick Rolovich filed a $25 million wrongful termination claim after the school fired him for refusing to get the COVID vaccine.
Rolovich had a five-year contract for $3.2 million a year. He had three years remaining on the contract.
From The College Fix:
The tort claim is reportedly expected to be the precursor to a lawsuit against the university by former Washington State University football Coach Nick Rolovich, a Catholic who was denied a religious exemption to the vaccine mandate for state employees.
The university’s media affairs division did not respond to The College Fix’s requests for comment. Rolovich’s attorney, Brian Fahling, also did not respond to requests for comment.
As The College Fix had reported last fall, Washington’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate had set up a clash between Washington State University and Rolovich.
“K -12 educators, school staff, coaches, bus drivers, school volunteers and others working in school facilities will have until October 18 to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment,” an announcement from the governor’s office stated at the time.
If and when Rolovich files his lawsuit, it comes at a time when the CDC has acknowledged the protections of natural immunity and has walked back this month its former blanket guidance that everyone get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The university fired Rolovich ‘for cause’ in October 2021 after he had coached just 11 games with the Cougars,” the Seattle Times reported.
Rolovich had “several years and roughly $9 million remaining on his contract at the time of his dismissal,” Just the News reported.
Rolovich and Fahling had filed a 34-page administrative appeal after the coach was terminated — but it was rejected.
“This is your opportunity to take a step back, reexamine your illegal and unconstitutional conduct, and adopt a different posture toward (Rolovich) before you and the University are forced to defend your conduct in the context of a federal court civil rights action,” the appeal stated.
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