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2 Sue Chester County’s DA, Alleging Age Discrimination in Firings

(Chester County DA Tom Hogan, in file photo.  Photo provided)

(Chester County DA Tom Hogan, in file photo. Photo provided)

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By David Madden

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — A couple of former prosecutors in Chester County, Pa. are taking the district attorney to federal court, claiming wrongful termination.

When Tom Hogan took office in January of last year, he made some changes, including letting a number of prosecutors go — four of whom were over the age of 50.

Now, two of those four have decided to sue on the basis of age discrimination, pointing out that they were replaced by younger people.

“Given their track records and given the circumstances, one can only conclude, in our view, that it was because of their age that they were terminated,” their attorney, John Gallagher, tells KYW Newsradio.

Gallagher is representing Edward Gallen, who had been with the DA’s office for more than a decade and handled juvenile cases, and Robert Miller, a 24-year veteran of the office who was serving as a deputy district attorney when he was shown the door.

Hogan’s office referred our call to the Chester County solicitor, who cited a policy of not commenting on pending litigation.