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Got it. One more follow-up question: what about the manager saying that he will not tolerate my mother going to HR to complain and that there "will be serious consequences" if she does? Is that legal as well?
This manager has pushed out another team member into early retirement before. There is a younger (20s) employee on his team who seems to be getting somewhat preferential treatment but it would be hard to prove that, I'm sure.
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