Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ex USC Football Coach Sues for Disability Discrimination

For those of you looking for interesting hypotheticals or cases for your class next semester, several news pieces discuss the recent lawsuit filed by former USC football coach Steve Sarkisian.  The ex-coach claims that the school fired him because of his alcoholism, thus resulting in disability discrimination.  The complaint asserts that "Instead of accommodating [the coach's] disability, USC kicked him to the curb."  In the high profile case, Sarkisian is seeking $12 million in lost wages in his contract, as well as other compensation.  The complaint is worth taking a look at if you are interested in this area of the law, as well as the excellent summary in the LA Times.  The case will certainly be one to watch.

-- Joe Seiner

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Interestingly, Sarkisian appears to be relying entirely on state common and statutory law. That may be wise, given the limited duties under the ADA with regard to alcoholism.

Posted by: Mark Weber | Dec 10, 2015 8:01:28 AM

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