According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on August 17, Warner Bros. Television wrongfully terminated a man who was the second assistant director of a television show due to his age. The lawsuit claims the plaintiff was subjected to demotions and fired without cause from "The Big Bang Theory", a show that is hugely popular in New York and around the country.
When he was offered a position as second assistant director before the show's first season, the plaintiff took it. For five seasons, the man performed his duties as required, the lawsuit said. After the start of the show's sixth season in 2012, his duties were diminished. He continued working in a lesser capacity until he was fired in April 2015.
In his lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that he turned 50 when the sixth season started. This allegedly coincided with the start of sequential demotions during that season. Replacements were younger and the plaintiff said he was told the younger individuals would have a better rapport with the cast members who were younger. The plaintiff was fired by phone at the conclusion of season eight and was replaced by a 22-year-old female. While the reason for termination was given as performance issues, an episode he directed in 2014 was nominated for an award, and he was sent a letter by the head of the studio congratulating him.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prevents age discrimination towards workers who are at or over the age of 40. An employee who believes he or she was fired due to age may want to speak with an attorney in order to determine the remedies that may be available.
Source: Deadline, "Warner Bros TV Sued For Age Discrimination By Veteran 'Big Bang Theory' Crew Member", Erik Pedersen, Aug. 17, 2015