Alf Clausen, who had been the composer for "The Simpsons" for 27 years, was fired in 2017 and he is now claiming the show let him go because of his age and his disability.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Clausen claims he was hired in 1999 and says he performed his job well until the day he was fired on August 16, 2017.
Shortly after his firing, Clausen told Variety that he was let go because the show wanted "a different kind of music."
But now Clausen is claiming that was just "a pretext." He claims instead that he was let go "due to perceived disability and age."
In the lawsuit, Clausen does not expand upon what disability is except to say it "limits his participation in at least one major life activity."
Clausen claims that after he was let go, he was replaced by someone younger, who was paid less than he was, and who was not disabled.
The lawsuit was filed against four different divisions of Fox, the Walt Disney Company, and Gracie Films (the production company created by James L. Brooks).
He is suing for disability discrimination, age discrimination, and wrongful discharge, among other claims.
Clausen is seeking unspecified damages.
During his tenure on the show — which spanned over 500 episodes — Clausen was nominated for 21 Emmys, having won two (1997 and 1998). He has been nominated for 30 Emmys in total over the course of his career.
The Blast reached out to a rep for the show for comment but they have not yet responded.