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.