Former Washington State football head coach Nick Rolovich has filed a claim against his ex-employer for $25 million, citing wrongful termination, per Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. The university fired Rolovich “for cause” last October after he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
All Washington state employees were mandated to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by a certain date in October and Rolovich did not comply as he applied for a religious exemption, but that was denied.
After he was fired, he was escorted to his car by university police and was not allowed to address the team.
Rolovich has not officially filed a lawsuit yet, but that seems to be a formality.
“A $25 million tort claim was filed on Rolovich’s behalf with the state’s Office of Risk Management on April 27. A tort claim is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit against a state agency, said Brionna Aho, spokesperson for the Office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
“After a tort claim is filed, there is a 60-day period before a claimant can file a lawsuit. As of Tuesday, Rolovich has not filed a lawsuit against the university, Aho said.”
Rolovich was in his second season at Washington State and was fired after Washington State posted a 4-3 record through the first seven games of 2021. He finished his career there with a 5-6 record and he was 28-27 while at Hawaii.