Legal news reports that a group of women have filed a $110 million class
action discrimination lawsuit against Swiss drug maker Novartis. The
gender discrimination lawsuit is based on claims the company has routinely denied women equal and promotion
opportunities. Five years ago, the pharmaceutical company was ordered
to pay more than $250 million in a similar gender discrimination action.
At the time, this amount represented the largest employment discrimination
award ever in the United States.
As a result of this lawsuit, the company vowed to adopt policies and reforms
that would both prevent employment discrimination and retaliation against
those who complained.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because
of a person’s sex. This means that an employer may not take adverse
action against someone because of their gender, whether male, female or
even transgender. Your sex cannot play a role in any of your employer’s
work related decisions including – whether to hire, fire, or promote
an individual worker.
In this instance, the women alleged that they were discriminated against,
and suffered retaliation for complaining about inequities. According to
the lawsuit, “For years, the company paid them less than similarly
situated men, discriminated against them in assignments and other career-enhancing
opportunities, and denied them promotions in favor of … men.”
The case is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of New York.
For more information, or if you believe that you may have been discriminated
against as the result of your gender, please contact the experienced Atlanta
gender discrimination lawyers at
The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.