Charlie Sheen has filed a $100 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Warner Bros. and CBS producer Chuck Lorre for breach of contract and violations of California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
The 45-year-old actor is seeking $US100M. plus punitive damages for wrongful termination.
His suit was filed on Thursday against Warner Bros. and producer Chuck Lorre for his firing from the television show Two and a Half Men , TMZ reports. It also seeks wages for unpaid cast and crew members under a private attorney general law, Sheen's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ.
"Chuck Lorre, one of the richest men in television who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, believes himself to be so wealthy and powerful that he can unilaterally decide to take money away from the dedicated cast and crew of the popular television series, Two and a Half Men , in order to serve his own ego and self-interest, and make the star of the series the scapegoat for Lorre's own conduct," the lawsuit, prepared by Sheen's lawyer Marty Singer, read.
The suit claims breach of contract and failure to accommodate "alleged" medical disabilities under California employment law. Other causes of action include interference with prospective economic advantage and contractual relations, breach of the implied covenant of good faith, and retaliation.
The suit doesn't concede that Sheen has a mental disability. Instead it says Warner Bros. apparently held that belief, based on health experts' observations that he was in a "manic" or "bipolar" state. Despite that opinion, Warner Bros. refused to accommodate the "alleged physical and medical disabilities," and producer Chuck Lorre made derogatory comments about Sheen's condition, the suit alleges.
Under California employment law alcoholism and/or drug addiction are recognized as disabilities. However, the statute points out that "putting up with employees who use alcohol and drugs in the workplace, (i.e. being drunk or under the influence of drugs, or missing work or being late because of a hangover/binge) is not considered a reasonable accommodation."
Warner Bros. conceded in its March 7 termination letter that Sheen "appears to be very ill." According to Charlie's attorneys, firing him for being sick violates California employment law.
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