In general, employers have tremendous freedom when it comes to how they choose to run their business, including how they pay their employees. Decisions need not be fair, or reasonable, they just can't be based on legally protected traits, such as gender or age.
That said, as the plaintiff in a gender or age discrimination
lawsuit against your employer, YOU will have the burden of proving that your employer's motivation was unlawful. This burden can almost never be satisfied by process of elimination. In other words, you need affirmative evidence of an intent to discriminate against you because you are a woman or because of how old you are. You can't simply argue that your employer's decision didn't make sense, or that you can't think of another reason why they did what they did. I can understand why those things would certainly make you suspicious of discrimination
, and I am not even saying that discrimination is not the reason this is happening to you. What I'm saying is that you simply won't succeed in court unless you have better evidence, and the last thing you want to do is launch a lawsuit against your employer, spending thousands of dollars and countless hours of your time and, in that process, completely destroy your employment relationship (which is what lawsuits do).
The best thing that you can do at this stage is document any and all facts and occurrences which you believe support age or gender discrimination. If you acquire more compelling evidence, you may wish to consult with a local attorney at that point in time about the prospect of moving forward with a legal claim. But in the mean time, based on what you have described here, it would be unwise to bring a legal claim as such claim would be practically doomed to fail for lack of sufficient evidence.
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