It sounds like there could be something to this. You may want to see an attorney or simply explore an equal oppotunity claim with the appropriate governmental agency. Gender discrimination and federal funding should never go together.
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Sex discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex. Sex discrimination also can involve treating someone less favorably because of his or her connection with an organization or group that is generally associated with people of a certain sex. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. If you feel that you have been discriminated against on the basis of your gender, you can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or EEOC) who will investigate your claim. If you claim is found to be meritorious, the EEOC may award you damages. If you claim is dismissed, then you would have a right to sue in court.
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