Former employee sues PGA

Grant Stoner claims wrongful termination

The Producers Guild of America was sued Wednesday by its former membership director who claims he was wrongfully terminated after telling an outside investigator he witnessed the guild's executive director make "sexually charged comments" about a former employee.

Grant Stoner claims in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that PGA executive director Vance Van Petten made comments about a former female employee as well as Stoner's wife, who had just given birth.

Stoner claims Van Petten called the former employee a "ho" and commented on his wife's breast milk at a staff meeting.

According to the lawsuit, Stoner claims he was fired not long after he spoke with an investigator looking into allegations of sexual harassment by Van Petten.

PGA spokesman Eddie Michaels said the guild had not seen the lawsuit and has no comment.

Stoner claims the firing has caused him to suffer emotional distress. He seeks unspecified damages, including for lost salary.
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