Marie's Answer: Despite much progress, women still encounter managers with prehistoric attitudes. If your boss is such a Neanderthal, then your future may be dim.
• Before jumping ship, be sure that you have accurately assessed the situation. New managers often reorganize, so there could be another reason for your position change.
• Since the HR department would have signed off on any official reclassification, ask the department for an explanation. You may not agree, but at least you can evaluate their reasoning.
• If your HR manager is trustworthy, confidentially share your concerns about discrimination. This may cause HR to watch your boss more carefully in the future.
• Legally, you do have the right to file formal discrimination charges. But that’s a big step that could have adverse career consequences, so it should not be taken lightly.
If your boss does have discriminatory beliefs and attitudes, they will continue to affect his decisions. If you conclude that women have no future with him, start working on your résumé.