Many times when workplace discrimination occurs its subtle. For example
sex discrimination doesn’t necessarily include an overt statement
or action – such as groping or other obvious sexual actions –
but may rather exist in a company’s policy or actions that have
the effect of discrimination – but aren’t quite so obvious.
It’s important to remember – even if the discrimination isn’t
“obvious” – it still counts as discrimination and you
may be able to file an employment discrimination lawsuit.
If you have questions about employment discrimination or any other employment
law question, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced
Georgia discrimination lawyer right away.
Recently, a group of female employees filed a gender discrimination lawsuit
against Daiichi Sankyo Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceuticals
firm. The class action discrimination lawsuit alleges that the company
systematically discriminates against female sales employees based on their
sex and caregiver status in pay, promotions, advancement opportunities,
and other terms and conditions of employment.
The lawsuit may affect as many as 500 women nation wide.
The discriminatory practice alleged include claim that:
• The company pays its female employees less than similarly situated
• Women are denied promotions while less qualified male employees
move up the company ladder;
• Female sales employees are discouraged from becoming pregnant;
and • Women who are mothers are forced to resign because of intolerable
The lawsuit also alleges gender discrimination based on the policies and
practices of the company.
For example, the company has an alleged practice of hiring female sales
representatives who are then expected to befriend male doctors to whom
they promote Daiichi Sankyo products. If a woman becomes pregnant or has
kids, she loses value in the company’s eyes, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit further asserts: “Instead of employing a business plan
designed to reward the talents of female sales employees and advance their
careers, Daiichi treats them largely as a prop in a sales and marketing
strategy … Daiichi asks its female sales reps to wine and dine
male doctors; offer friendships and gifts to foster ‘quid pro quo’
relationships; and devote unbounded attention to obtain [the doctors’]
allegiance to Daiichi’s drugs.”
“When female sales reps seek well-deserved career advancement or
decide to have children, their role in a sales strategy built upon gender
stereotypes becomes only more evident. Essentially, the company deems
its female sales representatives unworthy to stand on an equal footing
with their male counterparts,” the current and former employees charged.
Discrimination may take many forms. In some situations it’s not an
obvious instance of bad behavior, rather a policy that has a discriminatory
impact or effect.
Either way, it may be considered employment discrimination and you may
be entitled to compensation.
For more information or if you believe you have suffered employment discrimination,
please contact the dedicated
Georgia employment lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.