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DEC
21
3 YEARS

TMZ producer claims he was fired for complaining about co-workers' drugs and drinking

Tmz-logo EXCLUSIVE: If this were a TMZ post, we'd include a photo of Harvey Levin looking stoned or taking an extra-long swig from his infamous sippy cup.

But alas, we're not TMZ, so we'll just report on the lawsuit: A former TMZ producer and camera operator sued the Time Warner-owned company today claiming he was fired after complaining about his co-workers "who were drinking and using illegal drugs on the job."

Christian Shostle, who was hired in November 2006 and fired on May 8, 2009, says he returned from a medical leave for depression and anxiety in March 2009 only to witness some bad behavior by co-workers. He says the drinking and drugging aggravated his stress condition, but when he complained to supervisors, they instead told him he was not performing up to par and eventually fired him.

We reached out to TMZ for comment and will update with a response.

Shostle, repped by Joshua Glotzer at Beverly Hills' Glotzer & Sweat, alleges unspecified damages on causes of action for wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, disability discrimination and failure to provide medical leave.