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Fired Producer Sues CBN

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.:The former managing producer of “The 700 Club” is suing the Christian Broadcasting Network for an alleged violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to the Nashville Business Journal. Lance Shultz filed suit in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, seeking back pay, reimbursement of benefits, interest and attorney fees.

Shultz said he was fired in August of 2008 after taking leave to care for his daughter, who suffered complications from surgery over the summer. Shultz at one point was granted extended leave but said he was dismissed upon his return to the network. He had been in charge of a team of 16 writers, producers, editors and videographers at the CBN’s NorthStar Studios in Nashville.

The CBN offered no comment on the lawsuit, filed on Shultz’s behalf by Irwin Bruce Venick of Dobbins and Venick.