A former employee of the American Humane Association has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the association and HBO, according to the New York Times. Barbara Casey worked for the American Humane Association for 13 years and claims she was fired because she intended to report the abuse of horses on the set of the HBO series “Luck.” HBO canceled the series in March 2012.
Casey described the abuse of horses on the set as “widespread,” as she worked as an observer for the American Humane Association. Casey said she observed repeated animal abuse and cruelty, which she described as “ongoing, systematic and unlawful animal abuse and cruelty toward the horses.” HBO acknowledges that a horse became injured and was euthanized during filming but denies any mistreatment.
“[HBO] maintained the highest standards of safety possible and instituted safety protocols that go above and beyond typical film and TV industry standards and practices,” HBO said in a released statement.
Casey claims she was terminated to prevent her from pursuing the allegations. Whether the allegations of animal abuse are true or not, Casey cannot be terminated for simply making them. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have been terminated without just cause.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys