Screenwriters Charge Age Discrimination

February 27, 2002 ( - A group of television writers, finding it difficult to find work in a youth-oriented industry, has filed more than 23 separate class action suits against Hollywood's movie studios, TV networks, and talent agencies charging age discrimination.

The action follows last month’s dismissal of a similar case against the same defendants, by a federal judge who ruled that multiple defendants could not be sued in a single action – the writers are now suing the defendants separately.

According to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, the suit claims that each defendant engaged in a pattern or practice of refusing to hire or represent them because of their age.

Defendants include, among others:

  • television networks NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, the WB and UPN
  • movies studios, Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox
  • talent agencies, the William Morris agency, Creative Artists Agency, and International Creative Management Inc.