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Based on what you have shared with me, you have lost some supervisory authority. Even if you have not lost any money at the present time, loss of supervisory authority can be a sign of discrimination. You also fall into a protected class in view of the Civil Rights Act. As such, you have what can be construed as a prima facia case for discrimination. If you file a claim, the employer will have to put forth a reasonable, non-discriminatory reason as to why this move was made. Since this was a buyout, it is possible that they can use that as their reason if the white male was with the parent company.
At this moment, my suggestion is to meet with your local EEOC office and discuss filing a claim for discrimination. The EEOC will investigate and the employer is prohibited to taking adverse action against you. If the EEOC finds merit in the claim, you will be allowed to file suit in federal court for damages and attorney fees and may even receive your previous position back as well.
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