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Steve Sarkisian files lawsuit against USC alleging wrongful termination

Claiming that USC “kicked him to the curb” instead of allowing him to seek treatment for an alcohol addiction, former Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian is suing USC for damages in California Superior Court.

The lawsuit says that Sarkisian, who was fired by USC on Oct. 11, three days after the Trojans lost 17-12 to the Huskies in Los Angeles, is out of rehab, sober and ready to coach again. The lawsuit claims that under California law, USC was required to grant Sarkisian a “reasonable accomodation” to “get help for his disability and then return to his job,” but instead fired him after he sought time off to get well.

You can read the entire document on the Los Angeles Times website.

UPDATE: USC issued a statement Monday night disputing Sarkisian’s claims.

"Much of what is stated in the lawsuit filed today by Steve Sarkisian is patently untrue,” wrote Carol Mauch Amir, USC’s general counsel. “While the university does not as a matter of practice comment on personnel matters or litigation, the record will show that Mr. Sarkisian repeatedly denied to university officials that he had a problem with alcohol, never asked for time off to get help, and resisted university efforts to provide him with help. The university made clear in writing that further incidents would result in termination, as it did. We are profoundly disappointed in how Mr. Sarkisian has mischaracterized the facts and we intend to defend these claims vigorously."