Stonewall Jackson, 74, sues Grand Ole Opry, claiming age discrimination January 12, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit.
Country music legend Stonewall Jackson, 74, is claiming that age discrimination by the Grand Ole Opry’s general manager has kept him off the stage.
Jackson filed a $10 million lawsuit Thursday in federal court against the general manager, Pete Fisher, and the Opry’s owner, Gaylord Entertainment Co.
Jackson has been a member of the show since 1956. He had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s, including the No. 1 songs “Waterloo” and “B.J. the D.J.”
Jackson claims his appearances on the show declined after Fisher was hired in 1998. Jackson said he approached Fisher on several occasions and was told, “I don’t want any gray hairs on that stage or in the audience, and before I’m done there won’t be any,” and, “You’re too old and too country.”
The company said that Jackson’s allegations were a result of the scheduling dispute and that it hoped to resolve the issues amicably.