This:The idea that he was fired for his age isn't unbelievable to me...
I'm not saying it was legal that they did it. If that was the grounds for them firing him he has a good chance to win this I suppose. FOX will likely instead argue that they switched composers for cost reasons.would seem to suggest you can not fire someone for their age.
Fox already ended it bitterly by firing him for being old.This is sad news given that Alf had an amazing 27-year run with the show including the 23 Emmy nominations he received, winning 2 of them. It would be terrible to end that kind of success record with a bitter drawn-out lawsuit -- hopefully they can resolve it quickly.
How do you prove that? Through the McDonnell Douglas burden shifting proof.This:
would seem to suggest you can not fire someone for their age. If you can prove that the perosn could no longer function properly, I am sure that would be different. Was Al providing the music in a timely fashion as he always had? Or was he now having a problem meeting deadlines?
Problem for Clausen is he will have to prove (not beyond a reasonable doubt, however) that age was the reason for his firing. How is he going to do that? If he has an email from executives at Fox saying, "we feel you are too old", then Fox is toast. Otherwise, how do you prove something like that?
I don't know, but the entertainment industry is incredibly ageist.How do you prove that?