If you aren't already aware of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's push for PricewaterhouseCoopers to abolish its mandatory partner retirement age policies, you should be, because you might be next. In 2010, the EEOC started sending warning shots over PwC's bow, telling it the firm's mandatory retirement age of 60 for partners was discriminatory and should be abandoned. Much saber-rattling, but no legal action, ensured.

Recently, the EEOC extended its gaze to other big accounting firms, Deloitte and KPMG. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants wrote a sternly worded letter to the EEOC, asking it to back off because the policies applied only to partners, not employees. The EEOC believes those partners are actually employees. So far, no lawsuits have been filed.

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