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February 5, 2023

The Aftermath of the Ex-PwC Employee Who Got Fired After a Dispute with Comcast Is About What You’d Expect

Last October we learned that a PwC fired an employee named Canal O'Rourke for violating the firm's "ethics standards." This violation came about after O'Rourke became understandably agitated over his Comcast bill and the company's failure to rectify the situation.

BEEN THERE.

At some point, Mr. O'Rourke reached Comcast's Chief Accounting Officer, Larry Salva. O'Rourke started giving him the business and during said giving of business, mentioned the fact that he, O'Rourke, worked at PwC. Mr. Salva, a PwC alum, contacted the firm about the incident. A few days later, O'Rourke was fired.

There's your background. Here's an update:

O'Rourke – whose case was an Internet sensation – now is an unemployed accountant with a "destroyed" career, his attorney said Wednesday, while Salva was promoted recently to executive vice president, one of seven people at that level at the Philadelphia technology and media giant.
 
Settlement talks in the case are scheduled for next week.
 
Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer said Wednesday that there was no relationship between Salva's promotion and the Northern California case, which the company considers frivolous.
 
"Larry Salva has been promoted to executive vice president because he is one of the most outstanding and respected chief accounting officers and controllers in corporate America," Moyer said Wednesday. "While we don't normally comment on pending litigation, the decision to promote Larry was not affected by a baseless allegation, which has developed into frivolous litigation."
Yeesh, this is rough. All that's missing is the part where O'Rourke's beloved runs off with a Comcast repairman.  
 

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