State Sued Over Requirement To Attend AA Meetings

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Fremont man is suing the state of Nebraska, saying his constitutional rights were violated when he was required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings even though he objected to the organization's religious foundation.

Marvin Sundquist was issued a probationary massage therapist license and ordered to attend AA meetings in order to move off probationary status. Sundquist says the Nebraska Attorney General's Office moved to revoke his massage therapy license in December when he objected to mandatory AA attendance.

He asked to see an alcohol counselor who offers a non-religious program, but was denied that option. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services did issue Sundquist a license earlier this year, but Sundquist's lawsuit says his career was irreparably damaged.

Sundquist is asking for $200,000.

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