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Fame Composer for The Simpsons Sues Fox/Disney Over Discrimination

The world over is familiar with the Matt Groening-created series The Simpsons, but not many realized that in 2017 the show fired its former longtime composer, Alf Clausen. Clausen who is 78 years old, was the show’s composer for 27 years and he is also a two-time Emmy winner, and he is now claiming that his expulsion was an “unlawful termination due to perceived disability and age.”

Clausen has stated the reason for his exit — “taking the music in a different direction” — was “false.”

Alf included the producers 20th Century Fox Television and James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films in the age-discrimination lawsuit.

Excerpt from the 18-page complaint:

The suit filed Monday states: “This reason was pretextual and false. Instead, [Clausen’s] unlawful termination was due to perceived disability and age … [His replacement] was substantially younger in age, who was not only paid less, but was not disabled.” (read it here)

His composer credits also include animated comedy The Critic, sitcom ALFMoonlighting and Half Baked.

– Excerpt from an article for Deadline Update by Dominic Pattern. Find the full article here


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