Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Warner Bros TV Sued For Age Discrimination By Veteran ‘Big Bang Theory’ Crew Member

Apparently there’s not much camaraderie on the set of The Big Bang Theory. Christofer Klausen, the recently fired long time 2nd assistant director on the hit CBS show feels like he was discriminated against because of his age after turning 50, and he wants to go to court. Wrongful termination laws are no joke, and he will have dozens of defendants on his case (currently unnamed) so we shall see how the situation will resolve.

“Mr. Klausen was not prepared for the age discrimination, successive demotions, and termination that he would face at the hands of Defendants,” says the 25-page complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Klausen — a DGA member since 1985 who had been with the series since the beginning — says things began to go south during Season 6 in 2012. He claims that “despite his formal title, Mr. Klausen did not continue performing the job duties of the Second Assistant Director. This was because Mr. Klausen had recently turned 50 years old and Warner Bros. wanted to infuse younger blood into the directorial team.”

The suit adds: “As a Second Assistant Director, a major aspect of Mr. Klausen’s job duties involved interacting and working with the actors on a daily basis. This included serving as a liaison to the actors, making sure the actors are prepared for each scene, and putting the actors through wardrobe and makeup. Mr. Klausen noticed that the stars of the show, which are all considerably younger, began to ostracize him after he turned 50.”

After the Season 9 production was wrapped, Klausen got fired by phone and replaced with two stuffers, who are much younger then himself. When Deadline contacted WBTV asking about the suit, the Television Company remained silent.

Eventually, this lawsuit involved a couple of last year cases that are similar. In those cases NBCUniversal and Disney were investigated about similar cases that were alleged after approximately two months.

Attorneys Jarryd Turner and Michael Bononi from the Los Angeles based, Bononi Law Group got the case of representing Klausen.

Credit: Telegraph


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