It would be easier to answer your questions with more details about the lawsuit, employer, claims, etc.
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It would be worth it for you to schedule a consultation with an employment lawyer who handles discrimination. If you are in federal court, ask if there is a pro se clerk who may be able to offer advice.
You should seek representation. Generally, when a Defendant goes into Default, there is a window during which they can open as a matter of right. If they fail, a default is entered. As a result of the default, the Defendant has admitted the plead factual allegations of the Complaint. If the Complaint was properly plead, the Defendant likely admitted liability to your claims. Once a default judgment is entered, Defendant may move to open, but assuming they do not do that, a damages hearing will be scheduled at which time you will be expected to present evidence to prove your alleged damages.