Thank you for the additional information. Although some states restrict what an employer can consider in terms of off-duty activities in making a decision about an employee's position, hiring, retention
, etc., PA is not one of those states. In other words, as long as the employee is an "at will
" employee can does not have a contract that states otherwise, the employer is free to use any non-discriminatory factor when making employment decisions.
So then the issue is if there is any unlawful discrimination
in this action. Age under 40 is not a protected class, so the fact that they mentioned you were young would not qualify. Also, although some states have laws that provide protection based on marital status, neither Federal nor PA law does. That leaves some factor that I might not know about. For example, if you are one gender and the employer made a different decision with someone of a different gender, race, etc.
If you do believe that you were singled out not because of your job but because of your sex, race, national origin, religion, disability, pregnancy or AIDS/hiv status, then you would have a basis for filing a discrimination complaint. Otherwise, although perhaps not fair, the decision not to promote you would be lawful (again assuming no violation of a contract or written policy).
Please let me know if you need any clarification.