Idaho Man Sues ISU Over Hostility Toward His Mormon Faith

May 24, 2016

Idaho State University's Student Union Building.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho Falls man is suing Idaho State University, claiming that he was discriminated against because of his Mormon faith.

The Post Register reports that Orin Duffin filed the lawsuit Friday. He says he was severely harassed while playing for the men's tennis team because of his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

ISU spokesman Stuart Summers says school officials won't comment on the pending litigation.

ISU's Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity investigated Duffin's allegations of religious harassment last year. It found corroboration that assistant coach Nate Gross and some team members sent women, possibly prostitutes or strippers, to Duffin's hotel room while the team was in Las Vegas.

Duffin is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.