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Magic Johnson to Ex-"Employee"

You Got Fired 'Cause

You Sucked at Your Job!

12/30/2012 5:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Magic Johnson
is whipping out a full court defense -- claiming the ex-flight attendant who's suing him for wrongful termination wasn't canned for her old age ... she was just TERRIBLE at her job.

As TMZ first reported, over-40 flight attendant Lanita Thomas claims Magic unfairly fired her earlier this year after 8 years of service on his private jet ... all so he could hire a much younger woman. Lanita sued for age discrimination and a slew of other things.

In his response (filed earlier this week in LA Superior Court) Magic claims Lanita's termination was because she started sucking up her job ... not because she got old.

Specifically, Magic says, "[Lanita] failed to use ordinary care and diligence, or exercise a reasonable degree of skill [in her employment] ... she failed to perform her job duties ... and failed to substantially comply with all directions concerning her employment."

Magic also says the suit is "frivolous" because Lanita was employed by Clay Lacy -- the company responsible for staffing his jet -- and thus the decision to axe her was NEVER his.

Magic is asking a judge to dismiss the case and he wants Lanita to cough up his legal fees.

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Desert Diva33    


631 days ago


aidsburger in paradise

631 days ago


In other words, stfu

631 days ago


For somebody who had nothing to do with her firing, he certainly has a lot to say and knows plenty about the situation.

631 days ago


hes so right...just cuz these ppl r rich dont mean u can sue them,,,if u got fired at mcdonalds would u sue mcdonalds ............learn to ****in do ur job

631 days ago


I can't stand this disgusting pig. Cheats on his wife, has no clue where he picked up HIV, and still hailed as hero because of BASKETBALL not baseball, when he bought my dodgers (1% but they still stick his ugly mug out there) I literally vomited. Not all of LA loves you ****bag!

631 days ago


He's as old as she is. She's lucky to be away from that job.

631 days ago


So he's trying to argue as a wealthy client he couldn't have influenced the staffing company to fire the lady?
Nice try but if I were on the jury someone would be paying through the nose.

631 days ago


Magic is full of it...he knows damn well all it would take is one phone call to whoever actually employed her and she would be gone. Eight years with no problems...and now this? He is full of horse doody.

631 days ago


magic is such an inspirational guy....
has done a lot of charity work and helped a lot of people..
good job

631 days ago


TMZ to the evil employer's rescue once again....If anyone else ever realized that the moment a man or m=woman dares seek compensation from one of their precious celebs TMZ gives the celeb full court advantage....All the press they can want to protect them from these pitiful poor people type employee's...

631 days ago


If he's not her employer, then he didn't fire her. It's a case of he told her employer she was not doing her job and asked for another employee. Her employer had the choice to let her go or transfer her to another client and chose to let her go. At the end of the day, if he's not her employer, she doesn't have a wrongful termination case against him. She might have another kind of case against him, but not a wrongful termination.

631 days ago

Vickie Tatarski    

I am 58 years old and would love to work for you on your jet. Also I am a very hard worker. That would shut up the case with your old employee because I am older than she is.

631 days ago


magic is living forever with aids it seems...

631 days ago


Magic sucks. When I was little, back when "Magic" played ball for MSU, I saw him at the mall, so my brother & I went up to him (we were huge fans of his) and asked for his autograph. He grabbed a slice of paper, signed it, and said "share it!" Who does that to 2 little kids, who were huge fans? That was before he got "famous." Besides that, he's a pathetic, classless, attention whore.

631 days ago
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