Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann on Thursday filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against his former employer Current TV, alleging he was wrongfully terminated in late March.
The lawsuit accuses the network of breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement.
Olbermann left MSNBC just over a year ago to became the face of Current TV, a new network owned by former Vice President Al Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt. Olbermann had signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the network.
On March 20, Current TV dismissed him, citing “unauthorized absences” and other issues.
Olbermann said the absences were the result of illness. If that is true, it is possible that Current TV violated federal and state medical leave laws.
“Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it,” the network said in a statement.
Current TV replaced Olbermann with disgraced former governor Elliot Spitzer (D-NY), whose CNN show failed miserably and was finally cancelled in July 2011.
With prior reporting by Megan Carpentier
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010,
and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs
of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University.
Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 5 million unique readers per month and serves more than 19 million pageviews.