A: You may or may not have a claim. It is illegal to hire, fire, or base any term or condition of employment on age.
Being able to prove it is another thing. See what happens and if you do not get the position, it would be best to contact an employment attorney with experience in discrimination.
*Please note, this is not intended to provide legal advice and you should not rely on it. This is a legal opinion.
A: New York State is not a right to work state, it is an employment at will state.
Your employer can terminate your employment at any time for any reason,
so long as it is not discriminatory, in violation of Title VII.
If you are a member of a labor union, perhaps your union can file a grievance
on your behalf alleging you were not terminated for cause. Otherwise, it seems
that misconduct is a good enough reason to terminate your employment, even
though your employer does not need a reason to terminate your employment, so long
as it is not because you are in a protected class.
*This is not intended to be legal advice, it is only a legal opinion. If you are interested in pursuing
this further, please contact an employment attorney.
A: A little more information is needed to fully understand what happened. Did you file a police report?
This conduct could be considered harassment, bullying and possibly assault. However, it is unclear what
happened? Did this occur while you were on the job?
Please note that this is not intended to provide legal advice, only to give an opinion.