ABC Studios and a former lighting assistant for “Grey’s Anatomy” settled the man’s lawsuit alleging he was fired for complaining about the way the show’s longtime director of photography purportedly treated female staff members on the show.
Lawyers for plaintiff Timothy Day, who held a position known in television and film as a best boy grip for nearly a decade, filed court papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon on Jan. 29 stating that the case was resolved. No terms were divulged.
Day filed suit May 2, 2014, alleging that Herb Davis, the show’s director of photography, showed disdain for female employees and subjected them to verbal abuse and inferior employment conditions.
The suit alleged Davis treated women directors differently from their male counterparts and would humiliate them by questioning their skills. He also called the women “knuckleheads” and “idiots,” the suit stated.
An ABC human resources representative acknowledged he had heard about Davis’ alleged hostility toward women after Day complained in March 2012 and said the problem was being addressed, the suit stated. However, Day was denied employment for the show’s ninth season even though the human resources staff member promised him he would not be retaliated against for reporting Davis’ alleged misconduct, according to the lawsuit.
ABC lawyers maintained Day was not brought back after the show’s eighth season because his boss, known as a key grip, also was not asked to return.
— City News Service