This is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard
I am sorry to hear your friend has been treated in this manner.
Yes, if the friend was not hired, and that was said then it is a basis for age discrimination.
I suggest, your friend will want to consider filing an age discrimination complaint with the EEOC
. That can be done at www.eeoc.gov
Your friend has 180 days from the date of this incident to file that complaint. Once it is investigated, if it is deemed age discrimination, the EEOC can offer mediation, opt to file a lawsuit on behalf of your friend OR issue a Notice of Right to Sue. If a Notice is issued, then your friend should consider consulting with a local attorney to discuss a possible lawsuit.
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