The suit seeks more than $5 million in damages. It was filed Thursday in Maryland's Montgomery County Circuit Court in response to a network lawsuit alleging Gosselin failed to meet his obligations as an exclusive employee.
Gosselin's attorney Mark Jay Heller says the network had the family sign a complicated deal in 2005 without the advice of a lawyer. He says the contract only paid the family $2,000 per episode and didn't pay the eight children for their work. Heller says the network also failed to obtain child work permits.
A TLC spokeswoman says the network won't comment.