My employer terminated me because a guy got in my face and used his body to threaten me. it was rude but I'm not the type of person who runs to HR. This guy and his friends got together and said I was telling coworkers that I was going to kick his butt?
I believe ageism and sexism is alive and well in America. However, ask yourself, do you really want to work for a company that discriminates on age and sex. In every interview, the interviewer asks if the interviewee has any questions. This is the perfect time to ask. Also, if you believe it is true ageism. Call the HR department of the company and get the name and number. Then file a complaint with the EEOC. Every state has one. It is an extremely tough job market out there. My suggestion, put that experience to work and become either a Consultant or an independent contractor. Start your own business. I have applied to 3000 jobs in the past 2.5 years. Maybe got 10 interviews. 1 job offer from which I was told to leave after a month or HCA lab Director, threatened to make my life very difficult. No job is worth being harassed. There are plenty of companies out there, this is a very difficult job market. Don't give up.
I would write a formal letter to Corporate HR and report your regional HR. Better, yet have an Attorney write up the complaint. I would keep this in your resume folder and if asked about what happened. Had the interview a copy of the letter. I find, that unless you fightback against this specific type of harrasment, the instigator will do this behavior again and again. I did this with LabCorp, and I makesure, I never work for or with that company ever again.