In Duffin v. Idaho State University, (D ID, Dec. 21, 2017), an Idaho federal district court dismissed on qualified immunity grounds religious discrimination and other constitutional claims by a Mormon college student who alleges that the head tennis coach and his assistant harassed plaintiff about his religion. The court added:Defendants were clearly harassing Duffin about his religion, and trying to test his adherence to his beliefs – especially when they invited him to a night club and sent women to his hotel room to proposition him for sex. Such actions were boorish and entirely inappropriate. In doing so, they likely intended to discourage Duffin from practicing his religion and following the tenets of his faith, by presenting him with opportunities to act contrary to his religious beliefs. But, their actions do not rise to the level of coercion or substantial pressure to modify Duffin’s behavior, which is needed to establish a free exercise of religion claim.The court asserted supplemental jurisdiction over plaintiff’s state law claims.  In connection with plaintiff’s negligence claim, the court certified a question of law to the Idaho Supreme Court.  The court dismissed plaintiff’s intentional infliction of emotional distress claim and denied summary judgment on his claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress.



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