The website reported that the lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Los Angeles Superior Court, after Kevin Brady said he was fired under false pretenses after working for the studio for 26 years.
“While the Disney defendants claimed that Plaintiff’s position was eliminated, Plaintiff was actually replaced by an individual in her late 20s or early 30s,” the complaint said, according to Deadline.com.
According to the lawsuit, Brady was making $135,000 per year at the time of his dismissal, along with health, pension and retirement benefits. In his lawsuit, Brady is seeking damages for lost future earnings.
The lawsuit alleges that Disney has a model of replacing long-term employees. “[Disney has] a history and pattern of terminating long term employees and replacing them with younger employees who have less experience at the company.”
After learning that his job was being eliminated in April 2013, Brady alleged that he wrote to Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, asking him to reconsider the decision, Deadline.com reported.
Horn reportedly did not offer to meet with Brady. Instead, a former assistant to the president of the studio did, telling Brady that he was being let go, because the company was making fewer movies, a claim that Brady said is untrue.
Brady also reportedly filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which reportedly closed his case in May, granting him the right to file a lawsuit.
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