A former Washington State University football coach is seeking $25 million from the university for wrongful termination after he was fired last year for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Nick Rolovich was fired by Washington State after refusing to become vaccinated for COVID-19, a requirement for all state employees. Both Rolovich and several of his assistant coaches were fired.
Rolovich seeked a religious exemption but was still fired.
After denying Rolovich’s request for a religious exemption from Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees, the university in October 2021 fired Rolovich.
According to the Defender, a tort claim was filed April 27 on behalf of Nick Rolovich with the state’s risk management office. Filing a claim is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit against a state agency.
Rolovich will have to wait 60 days before he can file a lawsuit. It will be interesting to see what happens, but so far around the country, people wrongfully terminated have been winning in court left and right. This could be a huge hit for Washington State.