Baker Tilly Ex-Partner Sues for Age Discrimination

Anybody know the inside scoop on this kerfuffle? The case is Paul Walter Pocalyko v. Baker Tilly Virchow Crouse, LLP in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, although it looks like the case is headed for arbitration. Pocalyko was a 54-year-old equity holder when he was canned. He claims his supervisor asked him, "How old are you, and how long do you plan to continue doing this work?" about 10 months before he was fired. The back story is Pocalyko was formerly at ParenteBeard, which was acquired by Baker Tilly in Oct. 2014. Pocalyko claims a bunch of ParenteBeard employees over 40 were forced out shortly before and after the acquisition. Apparently, ParenteBeard had a generous and expensive retirement program, which Baker Tilly inherited.

I'm always interested in age discrimination cases because they don't happen nearly as often as other kinds of discrimination cases, but we all know this industry feeds on cheap youthful labor and resents well-paid elders. 

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