- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A former Utah State University employee who was fired for accepting gifts says he didn’t receive proper ethics training from the university.

The Herald Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1IhaT8s ) that the university’s former outdoor recreation director Kevin Kobe has filed a lawsuit against the school. He was terminated in 2014 after working at USU for 25 years.

Kobe’s attorneys say his former supervisors engaged in similar behaviors on a business trip they took together.

The attorneys say the trip led Kobe to accept over $3,000 in “substantial gifts” like NFL tickets, airfare and meals on other business trips to meet vendors interested in providing equipment for the school.

USU spokesman Tim Vitale says the university does not comment on pending legislation.

Kobe is demanding over $31,000 for lost compensation from the school.

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Information from: The Herald Journal, https://www.hjnews.com


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