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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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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Jay W.     

All ya need is money, da.. da.. dadada All ya need is money...

558 days ago
17.

burning_plastic    

I don't understand how a job becomes a lifetime contract. His mistake is in saying that she did not do her job well because now they will have to show do***entation of it. If she was warned before and it is on record all she gets is unemployment.
But why can't you fire someone for no reason at all? When the reason sounds like discrimination it does make the person look bad but if you go to Hooters I don't think you see any grannies. How come they don't get sued?
I think that she should have taken her next step and worked for newer celebrity who would be very impressed that she worked for Magic.
Finally I have to ask if she just realized that being young is an advantage in an industry where you are meant to entertain and be eye candy. She had to know this when she started and it was okay then.
I don't think she has a case though. I'm not a fan of Magic Johnson either way but I think you have the right to stop contracting a person's services at any time for any reason unless you have a written contract saying otherwise.

558 days ago
18.

Vickie Tatarski    

You could hire me Mr. Johnson. I am a 58 year old woman that is a very hard worker and would handle your guest well. If you hired me that would stop the complaint about you letting your former employee go because of age. Please consider it. Thank you

558 days ago
19.

Spicy mag    

Aids is the cure for aids.

558 days ago
20.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Ummmmmmmm she did work for u for 8 years I think if she sucked she would of been fired a long time ago

558 days ago
21.

Muh!    

That is one Angry Black Man!

549 days ago
22.

Bina47    

Yeah, he's really venting his frustration with his son!?

465 days ago
23.

Bina47    

Maybe she wouldn't suck him?!!!

465 days ago
24.

rams1990    

Comeon now seriously when it comes to good paying job you gota stay in shape and stay on your dont matter how old your getting.spexialy working for an athlete basketball player retired.its reality everyone knows that has a good job that once your getting old you have to keep your game up takecare of yourselfwhile your working and getting old.its reality and maybe that old lady was fat and slow and did not took care of her self.its reality son the old lady needs to sto crying and face reality and take care of her self workout stay fit.just like any other good jobs out there that you have to stay and be fit in order to get a job there.

463 days ago
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