Ex-Cyrus road manager sues singer, claims age discrimination

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 5:53pm

Paul A. Abraham, 61, has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against his former employer country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his estranged wife.

The suit, filed Monday in Davidson County Circuit Court, claims the country singer and his wife told Hagewood that Abraham was “too old to do the job” with Billy Ray Cyrus calling Abraham an “old fart.”

Abraham, who currently lives in Shelby County, seeks back pay as well as unspecified amounts in compensatory and punitive damages.

Abraham served as a road manager from September 2007 to May 2010 when he and his 53-year-old supervisor, Kevin Gregory Hagewood, were terminated in what the suit called a work force reduction.

The lawsuit lists as defendants Cyrus, Leticia Finley Cyrus, Singin’ Hills Farm and Flatwoods Productions Inc., which handles music business matters and other services for Cyrus and his family.

The court filing states Abraham, when not working as a tour manager, worked at Singin’ Hills Farm, where Hagewood was hired on as farm manager in May 2008, and at his California home.

The suit states Abraham also filed a similar complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

2 Comments on this post:

By: phkauf on 1/12/11 at 11:04

Hey....I've been a Road Mangler since 1968 (Rolling Stones ,Beggar's Banquet) and am still out here....I"m 75 and still collecting hotel towels....
Hang in there Paul....
Road Magler Deluxe

By: Loretta Bridge on 1/12/11 at 12:55

Good luck Paul. You deserve the back pay and more but they probably did you a favor. Now you don't have to put up with all the childish crap they probably do.