First, so that you have no illusions about your circumstances, the State of Georgia has the weakest employee protections of any U.S. jurisdiction. Some customers find this insulting, but I cannot avoid this commentary, because it is not an editorial. I have nothing against Georgia in general. But, with regard to employee protections, the state legislature and courts have simply decided that employers should maintain overwhelming control over employees. This makes employee legal recourse generally very difficult.
"Cutting to the chase," you must be able to establish grounds for unlawful discrimination, or you are finished before you start.
If you are age 40 or older, and your employer hires someone substantially younger to replace you, then you may have an age discrimination
claim. Similarly, if you are replaced by someone of the opposite sex, then you may have a sex discrimination
claim. I could go through the list (race, color, nationality, religion, sex, age or disability), but the botXXXXX XXXXXne is you must be able to make a good faith claim of some sort of unlawful discrimination, or nothing else will matter.
If you believe you can make such a claim, then I would encourage you to file a charge with the EEOC
-- because even if the government finds no unlawful discrimination, the fact that you filed a charge gives you protection from employer retaliation
. This could be used to bring a legal action against the employer for any
further employer actions which operate to your impairment.
Many employees do not feel comfortable bringing a charge against their employer, because the employer, naturally, will view the complaining employee as a malcontent. Regardless, unless you are prepared to make such a complaint, then no matter how unfair the employer's actions may be, you will have absolutely no legal recourse, and ultimately, you are likely to be terminated from employment -- because, unless that is what the employer is considering, then it would have had no reason to displace you to begin with.
Please let me know if my answer is helpful and if I can further assist. If you need a link to the EEOC website, let me know that, too and I will be happy to provide.
Hope this helps.