A few months ago I was offered the opportunity to apply for a role at a bigger company than where I currently work. Everything went well, they were impressed from what the recruitment consultant told me, and he also mentioned that they were having trouble finding candidates with the particular skill set they were looking for (it was quite a technical role).
They wanted me to travel to their office about 45 miles away for a full formal interview, but about two days before the recruitment consultant called to tell me while they were impressed, they had discovered my age and "couldn't justify" the £45,000 salary they had been so keen to hype about, and that because of my young age they had reduced the offering to £25,000 to do exactly the same role.
I exceeded the requirement for length of experience working with the product they wanted me to administer by about a third, and have managed others in large projects involving it before. I politely said that offering was not enough to make me leave my current role to take a job much further away, but thank you for the opportunity.
Anyway, recently another recruitment consultancy has been in touch about the same job with the same company. I don't want to start bad-mouthing them to the consultant, but I feel like I have been discriminated against by this employer. It's not as if they retracted their offer altogether, and I am quite young to be classed as experienced in this field. Does what has transpired count under the legal definition of discrimination? They didn't employ me to start with and they didn't retract the offer, but 20k is a heavy amount to reduce a salary by based on age considering they were supposedly impressed.