As others have said, leave sex discrimination out of the discussion. It will be seen as an excuse and derail the purpose of these discussions. Here's the root cause:
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There could be flip side to the story. You don't know if he's a loose cannon or has been told to do "everything possible" to straighten out the financial situation. This guy may be on a mission from upper management to reduce costs without regard to the quality of education.
If this financial aid manager is leaving, I assume that you've talked to her? From this perspective, I would assume that someone with the longest tenure would have the highest pay. It makes sense to start pruning the staff at this point. He'll replace her with someone cheaper. It's not sex discrimination, just ruthless cost cutting.
The purpose of HR is to protect the reputation of the company. Go to HR with eyes wide-open. Present the facts that are relevant to you only
, as mentioning what's happening to "others" suggests collusion and will lower your bargaining power to zero.
Attitude is everything - you need to act tough without a hint of weakness. State the facts clearly. Here's what the manager did- step a, b, c, d, and then he already put in the paperwork for the change without my knowledge. This is unacceptable...
If HR is experienced, they'll say "thanks for the info, we'll get back to you." What will happen next behind the scenes is either (1) we had no idea what this guy was doing, we need to do some due diligence to see if this has happened to others, or (2) this is the fallout from upper management to cut costs, we'll have to let the manager handle it and support his decisions.
In any case, prepare your resume and don't burn any bridges. Act courteously to everyone, even your manager.
BTW, if you want to remove personally identifiable information, any member is free to edit their own posts. Just click on the "Edit" button in the top right corner. To make the post readable, I would suggest "(personally identifiable information removed)." If you want to remove personally identifiable information from someone else's post (part of a quoted response), just PM me.