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‘Big Five’ talent agency settles age-bias suit for $4.5 million

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A class of television writers reached a $4.5 million settlement in an age discrimination lawsuit it brought against International Creative Management (ICM), one of Hollywood’s “Big Five” talent agencies.

The suit, which involved a class of approximately 10,000 television writers who are older than 40 and live in New York and Los Angeles, is one of 23 pending class actions in California claiming pervasive age discrimination in the entertainment industry.

Some of the defendants in those suits are talent agencies and major networks and studios, including ABC, Disney, Fox and Columbia Pictures.

As part of the settlement, ICM has agreed to create an independent task force to evaluate its practices and to run a conditional job-relief program to promote the top 25% of television writers over the age of 40, based on independent evaluations of their scripts.

Final note: Don’t let stereotypes about your industry allow discrimination to creep in. There are very few industries in which the employee’s age or other protected classificationsare relevant.

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