HR Strange But True!
March 04, 2004

We all know that HR is never dull, but sometimes it can get downright strange...

It takes one to know one?

Dick Clark, the TV mogul best known for hosting "American Bandstand" and countless New Year's Eve celebrations, is 74 years old. But that hasn't stopped a 76-year-old game show producer from filing an age discrimination suit against him, alleging that Clark had called him a "dinosaur" and refused to hire him because of his age.

The suit was filed in Santa Monica, Calif., by Ralph Andrews, who produced the 1960s and '70s game shows "It Takes Two," "By the Numbers" and "You Don't Say." His lawyer, Phillip R. Maltin, said Clark's actions violate the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, which makes it illegal for an employer "to discriminate against a person who applies for a position based upon that person's age."

In the complaint, Andrews says he spoke off and on for more than a year with Clark and other executives about joining Dick Clark Productions and was told he would be considered for any openings. But when he wrote Clark to say he was interested in available positions, Clark wrote back, allegedly turning Andrews down because of his age, according to an Associated Press account.

"I have great respect and admiration for your accomplishments, and wish you success in your desire to 'get back to work,'" Clark's letter read, according to the suit. "(But) the last development guy we hired was 27 years old. Another person who is joining our staff next week is 30. People our age are considered dinosaurs! The business is being run by 'The Next Generation.'"

A spokesman for Dick Clark Productions said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

Source: The Associated Press, via

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