On Tuesday, August 18, 2015 an assistant director on the hit TV sitcom ‘Big Bang Theory’ “filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the show’s production company, Warner Bros.”
Christopher Klausen claims that his work as a second assistant director was demoted as he reached the half century mark. The explanation given to him for his reduced role was that, other younger assistant directors “related to the actors better.”
Klausen has a long career as an assistant director. He worked on former hit sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In a lawsuit against the production company Warner Brothers, Klausen claims that he was, “subjected to discrimination, repeated demotions, and eventually terminated because of his age.”
According to his lawsuit, Klausen’s job duties including interacting with the actors on a daily basis. He claims that the stars began to “ostracise” him after he turned fifty.
“After the eighth season of the series (which CBS has renewed through season 10, when the principal cast including Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Emmy winner Jim Parsons will receive $1 million per episode . . . ” Klausen was fired over the phone. Warner Bros. have declined to comment.