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Disability discrimination suit against Fox Broadcasting moves on

The Simpsons has been on the air for over 30 years. For 27 of those years, Alf Clausen was the show's composer -- until he was abruptly fired in 2017 not long after he revealed his Parkinson's disease diagnosis to the producers.

Uber and Lyft ordered to reclassify California workers

The two major ride-hailing services in the nation, Uber and Lyft, pretty much based their business model on the idea that drivers on their platforms are independent contractors. While that lowers the operating costs for Uber and Lyft, it makes their drivers ineligible for all of the usual benefits that go along with being someone's employee, like workers' compensation, medical benefits, liability coverage, sick leave and protections against discrimination and sexual harassment.

What's the ministerial exception to a wrongful termination claim?

The Supreme Court of the United States just handed down another blow that weakens the federal protections employees have against wrongful termination. Citing the "ministerial exception," the SCOTUS rejected the claims against two California religious schools who were accused of discrimination and illegal termination of their employees.