Gabriella Union is seeking damages of at least $3 million from BET for fraudulently trying to extend the terms of her contract.
The lawsuit was filed after BET ordered shoot of all 20 episodes of seasons four and five back-to-back.
The order is contrary to Union's contract which states that it would never produce more than 13 episodes per season in order to allow the actress pursue other movie roles.
"BET now wants to shoot twenty (20) episodes of the series back-to-back and cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract, with no additional consideration, and to deprive Ms. Union of her agreed-upon compensation for the next two seasons of Being Mary Jane. It is outrageous that BET would treat one of its biggest stars in this manner after all she has done to support the network and contribute to its success," the suit states.
The "Birth of a Nation" actress is seeking general damages of at least $3 million and a statement that BET cannot seek more than 13 episodes for any season of the high-rated show.
BET has not publicly responded to the lawsuit.
“Being Mary Jane” premiered on January 7, 2014, starring Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane Paul, a successful cable news anchor who has a closet packed with designer clothes and shoes, a beautiful home, a nice car, and the drive to achieve even greater heights.
The show is yet to return for its fourth season.