Former TV producer sues for wrongful termination, ‘blackballing’

| Feb 17, 2019 | Employment Law |

A veteran television director who served as an executive producer (EP) on the NBC crime series The Blacklist has filed a lawsuit against multiple individuals and entities. He says he was fired from the show, which stars James Spader, over a false accusation that he “laid hands” on a camera assistant in an incident on the set last year.

The plaintiff spent several seasons as an EP on the show before he lost his job in February 2018. According to the lawsuit, “the alleged basis for [his] termination was simply a ruse to fire him without cause.” He says that the camera assistant’s claim that the EP got physical with him was never properly investigated and that it was the assistant who was the instigator in the incident.

It’s not clear precisely what type of altercation took place between the two men. However, the former producer says that another EP on the show used it “to facilitate her own rise in position and power” on the series. He also claims that after he was fired, executives spread the word that he had been “blackballed” at Sony Pictures Television — the company that produces the show — for the “beating.”

The plaintiff’s attorney says, “Our client believes he is the victim of an unlawful termination and scorched earth campaign to discredit him professionally,” and that “he has been denied any true explanation for his termination or the opportunity to confer with Human Resources — all in apparent violation of the rights Sony should afford to its employees.”

The lawsuit names Sony and one of its senior VPs as defendants along with two EPs on the show and another production company.

A person’s reputation can mean the difference between continuing to work in their chosen field and not being able to find another job. If a person gains a negative reputation because of false or exaggerated claims, they may be able to seek justice and compensation in court. If you believe that you’ve been the victim of wrongful termination and/or deliberate attempts to harm your professional reputation, it’s wise to seek the guidance of an experienced employment law attorney.


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