Al Roker & Jennifer Lopez Sued Over Alleged Bounty Hunter Assault

12/13/2012 10:20 AM PST

Jennifer Lopez
and Al Roker should think twice before sending their ruthless bounty hunter after an innocent man ... and falsely accusing him of being a criminal on national TV -- so says a new lawsuit.

19-year-old Everette Draughn filed the lawsuit in Louisiana against Roker and Lopez, claiming their new Spike TV reality show called "Big Easy Justice" falsely labeled him as a grand theft auto suspect ... and then targeted him in nationally-televised manhunt last year.

The show's about a New Orleans bounty hunter named Tat-2, and Lopez and Roker produce it. Everette's episode aired in April.

According to Everette's lawsuit, the big name producers are responsible for the mishap -- and should have done their due diligence before falsely labeling him a criminal on national TV.

Everette insists he hadn't committed grand theft auto at the time of the episode's broadcast, nor was he a fugitive as the show claims. Everette also says he was battered into signing a release agreement. 

Now, he's suing for unspecified damages -- claiming the show not only ruined his reputation and caused him injuries ... it also cost him his job. 

A rep for Spike TV said the network doesn't comment on pending litigation. Calls to Roker's and Lopez's reps were not returned.