India, Oct. 10 -- Actor-comedian Mindy Kaling has claimed that the TV Academy discriminated against her and refused to acknowledge her producing credits on her breakout show The Office. In an interview with Elle magazine, Kaling, who was associated with the popular sitcom since its inception, both as a writer and as an actor, said she was also a producer on the show from its third season.

After the show was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the Television Academy told her there were too many names on the producing team and made her justify her spot. "They made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer. I had to get letters from all...