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Unfortunately, severance pay is not covered or mandated by law. You can ask your former employer for severance pay in view of this treatment, but they are not legally obligated to provide it to you.
You can apply for and should receive unemployment coverage while you are in this period of unemployment. I would try to get on that as soon as possible if I were you.
The larger issue here reeks of discrimination to me. I think you need to also sit down with your local EEOC office about filing a complaint for gender discrimination. It is unlawful under the Civil Rights Act to discriminate based on gender. Your complaint will be reviewed by the EEOC and if they find merit, you will be allowed to file suit in the federal court system for damages and attorney fees. Based on what you have shared with me, I think you have a good case and can win.
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Best wishes going forward and I am sorry you are having to deal with this issue.
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