Age Discrimination Is Hard to Prove, Even Harder to Fix

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An Ohio State spokesman said the review would yield an interim policy to be announced on Aug. 1, followed by feedback from students, faculty and staff, with a final policy “in the future.” He also said the second-look process had been instituted.

Mr. Gittes called that “a secret process” that “gives us no confidence that the university truly intends to conduct a real policy review or make serious, informed changes.”

“Ultimately, I don’t think anything has changed in the way the university handles and investigates civil rights complaints,” Ms. Taaffe said. The plaintiffs’ lawyers are considering their options.

Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance had planned carefully for their later lives. After investigating several options, in 2016 they put down a deposit at Friendship Village in suburban St. Louis, Mo.

As a continuing-care retirement community, it provided independent and assisted living, plus a nursing home, so that residents could stay within the community as their needs for care increased.

That mattered to Ms. Walsh, a retired AT&T manager, and Ms. Nance, a retired professor. If one of them had to move to another unit because of declining health, the other would remain close by; they could still have dinner together.

“We wanted to be together, no matter what happened,” Ms. Walsh told me a year ago.

Friendship Village, a faith-based but nondenominational facility, initially seemed eager to move them into a two-bedroom apartment costing $235,000. Then the staff inquired about the nature of their relationship and learned that, after almost four decades as a couple, they had married in Massachusetts in 2009.