The law does not require that all employees or applicants be treated identically, nor that all similar situations be decided or handled the same way. Each instance can be evaluated on its merits and individual facts and circumstances, and on the specific impact and needs of the employer, and these permissible criteria will often lead to different results.
That said, if the decision against your application was caused by consideration of a protected characteristic, such as race or religion, then there may be actionable unlawful discrimination. If there is no evidence that protected classifications were the basis for the difference in decisions, then it is unlikely that you have a legal claim based on unlawful discrimination.
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I agree. Generally, if a decision to not hire someone is made on the basis of the candidate's race, gender, nationality, etc. then the employer may be liable for discrimination. Here, it sounds like the decision was made for other reasons. You may want to consult with an employment attorney about the specific facts of your situation, however.
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