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Do you have any reason to believe that this is happening to you because you are a woman or because of your age, aside from the fact that the other employees are younger and one is a male? I very much look forward to helping you on this matter.
If you believe you can prove that you were moved to a different position because of your gender or because of your age, then you may have a claim. The big issue is damages. Civil suits are about compensating plaintiffs financially for losses they have incurred. If you are not making less and the new position only represents a reduction in responsibility or prestige, it is very hard if not entirely impossible to quantify that as a damage. So, there is a possibility you could go through a very lengthy and expensive legal process only to wind up with an extremely small jury verdict.
Still, you can certainly file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This is the federal agency in charge or enforcing our anti-discrimination laws. It's actually a requirement that you file an EEOC complint before filing a lawsuit, so you'd have to take this step no matter what. The EEOC will investigate and attempt to mediate a resolution with your employer. They may uncover additional evidence of discrimination that would give you a much stronger case. There is no cost for filing an EEOC complaint and your employer is legally prohibited from retaliating against you for it, so there really isn't much to lose. If the EEOC process fails to resolve your case, you then have a much harder decision to make whether to file a lawsuit or not. For the reasons noted above regarding the lack of quantifiable damages, it may not be in your best interest to do so, but a consultation with a local employment attorney at that point in time would certainly be advisable.
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