My relative is currently a temporary employee at a community library. Having demonstrated good performance and fit over 6 months, she was recently encouraged to apply to an internal posting for a permanent position. Not only did she apply, but also received training in core responsibilities of the role while her application was considered.
All indications suggested she was going to get the job. Yesterday, however, she met with the library manager as well as the library administration. Turns out the manager had previously managed another library, where my relative was employed for exactly 1.5 months as a part-time shelver. Because this experience was not listed on my relative's job application, the manager accused my relative of withholding work history.
My relative decided to omit the part-time work in favor of more substantive work experience, such as eight years of work as a full-time circulation assistant at a library in another state. The manager considered the omission deceitful, since it disobeyed application requirements to list the four most recent places of employment and to certify the truth of all statements made.
As a result, my relative has been put under probation, and denied promotion. My relative is in her 60s and desperately needs a job. The whole situation seems so unfair, so I am hoping she has some recourse. The library is stand-alone in its jurisdiction, so the manager, the administration, and the board of trustees are the highest authorities she can appeal to. Can someone be denied employment for the aforementioned reasons?