Jon Gosselin sues TLC Network

Jon and Kate Gosselin appeared in a Norristown, Pa. court in their ongoing divorce battle.
November 13, 2009 3:21:23 PM PST
Jon Gosselin has filed a counter lawsuit against the TLC network, claiming television producers violated Pennsylvania's child labor laws in filming the hit reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and are preventing him from working.

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.

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