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Age Discrimination – Are You Too Old To Work?

Alf Clausen, who composed the music for “The Simpsons” for 27 years, filed suit against Fox on Monday alleging that he was fired due to his age.  Clausen, 78, was let go in 2017. According to the suit, Clausen was informed that the show was “taking the music in a different direction.”  “This reason was pretextual and false,” the suit states. “Instead, Plaintiff’s unlawful termination was due to perceived disability and age.”

Clausen scored more than 560 episodes of the show, dating back to 1990. He conducted a 35-piece orchestra, composing songs, cues and innumerable variations on the iconic Danny Elfman “Simpsons” theme. He was nominated for 23 Emmy Awards for his “Simpsons” work, and won twice, for “We Put the Spring in Springfield” in 1997, and “You’re Checkin’ In (A Musical Tribute To The Betty Ford Center)” in 1998.

After he was let go, Clausen was replaced by Bleeding Fingers Music, a music production company co-founded by Russell Emanuel, Hans Zimmer and Steve Kofsky.

The suit states that Clausen’s replacement “was substantially younger in age, who was not only paid less, but was not disabled.”

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects applicants and employees who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age.  Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his or her age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training. Harassing an older worker because of age is also prohibited.  It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on age or for filing an age discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under the ADEA.

Should you feel like you are the victim of discrimination or you are a business being accused of discrimination please call Goldfinch Winslow. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you through the process.

Source: Variety.com » 

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