Fired Public Defender Sues for Age Discrimination and Retaliation

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An attorney who worked for a Pennsylvania public defenders’ office was fired after filing an age discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  He has now filed suit against his ex-employer charging age discrimination and retaliatory discharge.

Dennis Caglia worked part-time as a public defender in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  He claims that, as of 2016, he was the longest-serving attorney in his office, as well as the oldest one.  He alleges that, starting in May 2016, his supervisor began harassing him and threatening to discharge him.

Caglia states that in December 2016 he filed a charge of age discrimination with the EEOC and informed his employers of that action.  He alleges that he was dismissed days later.  He further alleges that his ex-employers had previously been found to have committed age discrimination by the EEOC.

Caglia filed his action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  The suit seeks reinstatement and an award of costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees.  He is represented by Marc E. Weinstein of Fort Washington, PA.