Turns out it’s not all fun, Star Wars games and the Hadron Collider on the blockbuster CBS comedy. A longtime and now-fired 2nd AD on The Big Bang Theory is going after producer Warner Bros Television for kicking him to the curb for hitting the Big Five-O. While not naming any specific monetary damages, Christopher Klausen wants a jury to hear his age-based wrongful-termination case, which also lists dozens of unnamed individuals as defendants.
“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.”
He says his duties were turned over to a pair of much-younger staffers and that he eventually was fired over the phone after production wrapped on Season 8 in April. WBTV had no comment on the suit when contacted by Deadline.
Attorneys Michael Bononi and Jarryd Cooper of Bononi Law Group of Los Angeles are representing Klausen in the case.