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'Cops' Sued by Ex-Employee

You Fired Me 'Cause

I'm No Spring Chicken

10/1/2012 3:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0928-john-langley-cops-gettyThe producers behind "Cops"are being sued by a bitter ex-employee ... who claims he was fired for being TOO OLD ... after 22 years of faithful service. 

Steven W. Kiger filed a lawsuit against John Langley's production company ... claiming he worked on the hit TV show for two decades, working his way up to Associate Producer and a $95k-a-year salary, but was unfairly canned in 2010.

In the suit, Kiger believes he was axed because he was over 40 and the show was "purposely ridding itself of older workers" so they could bring in much younger guys.

As proof, he claims an email was sent around by an executive on the show stating, "We look for guys who are hungry, who will work for less $$$."

Kiger is suing for unspecified damages resulting from loss of earnings, emotional distress, anxiety, worry and humiliation.

Calls to Langley have not been returned.

A judge has yet to rule.


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Sadly, with this economy, employers are looking to cut cost, and the older more experienced high paid people are the first to go. If they had it docu mented that he was not performing and getting the results they needed he will have a tough time. The company will probably offer a settlement because its cheaper to just make it go away.

699 days ago


'Sounds like a plan - a good plan.

699 days ago


Well damn dude, you look 100.

699 days ago


This article left out one very critical word. In the alleged email, according to the actual lawsuit paperwork (posted on Deadline Hollywood), the phrase used was YOUNG guys, not simply "guys." Big difference.

698 days ago


As I see it, if he was hungry to work and worth the money, he'd have gotten a job with some other show. Instead, he sat on his fat ass for 2 years and then sued.
Ahhh.... the American Dream.

698 days ago


$97K a year for an AP? That's absurd. And if that really was the case, I hope he was saving it for those 20 years because no one is going to hire a 40+ year old AP at any rate. You should have moved past AP about 35 years ago dude.

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