Year: 2010

IBM Takes Special Place in Working Mother’s List

Working Mother Magazine’s annual listing of good employers for mothers, which honors 100 companies, is celebrating its 25th year. This year four of the top-10 companies were accounting and auditing firms. IBM received a double honor. (WOMENSENEWS)–Four of the top-10 companies on Working Mother Magazine’s annual listing of good employers for mothers were accounting and auditing firms: Deloitte, Ernst and…

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Novartis, Female Sales Reps to Settle Sex Bias Class Action for $175 Million

A federal district court in New York July 14 granted preliminary approval to a $175 million agreement between Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and a nationwide class of female current and former sales employees to settle claims of systemic sex bias in pay, promotions, and pregnancy leave (Velez v. Novartis Pharm. Corp., S.D.N.Y., No. 04-9194, order preliminarily approving settlement 7/14/10). Novartis has…

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Novartis Sales Reps Win Lawsuit for Overtime Pay

The 2nd Circuit ruled yesterday that Novartis AG’s sales representatives merit overtime and are covered by federal wage-and-hour laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Plaintiffs claimed they were underpaid because they were denied time-and-a-half for each hour worked over 40 hours per week from 2000 to 2007. FLSA requires that employees be paid overtime for more than 40…

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Novartis Class Awarded $250 Million in Punitive Damages

Posted May 19th, 2010. Verdict Is Strong Rebuke to Pharma Giant’s Gender Discrimination. Sparks Hope for Change in Company’s Treatment of Female Sales Reps For more information, contact Jamie Moss, newPRos,201-493-1027; [email protected] (May 19, 2010, New York City) –After delivering a unanimous verdict against Novartis on all counts and awarding 12 former Novartis sales reps $3.36 million in compensatory damages yesterday,…

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Sex Discrimination Jury Finds for Female Sales Reps In Novartis Sex Discrimination Case

NEW YORK—A federal jury May 17 found Novartis Corp. liable for sex discrimination against a nationwide class of female sales representatives, awarding some $3.4 million for emotional damages to 12 plaintiffs who testified as witnesses in the case (Velez v. Novartis Corp., S.D.N.Y., No. 04 Civ. 9194, jury verdict 5/17/10). The jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District…

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Novartis Gender Discrimination Trial Begins Today

Posted April 7th, 2010. 5600 Female Employees Seek $200M for Disparities in Pay and Promotion& Pregnancy Discrimination For more information, contact Jamie Moss,201-493-1027 (April 7, 2010, New York) — Jury selection begins today in what is believed to be one of the largest gender discrimination class actions ever to go to trial in the U.S. Over 5600 women make up…

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Whistleblower Alerts Americans to Dangers of Risky Unapproved Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Posted March 11th, 2010. Physicians and Hospitals Get Kickbacks and Other Incentives Manufacturers Promoting Off-Label, Unapproved Cardiac Surgery Using Their Devices For more information, contact Jaime Baum, 201-493-1027, [email protected] (March 11, 2010, Washington, DC) – As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal, the more than 2 million Americans with atrial fibrillation are now on notice that the over-zealous marketing tactics and incentives by…

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Fighting on in the Mom’s Memory

Posted March 8th, 2010. LADY HARDHAT Bianca Wisniewski wouldn’t back down from a fight — and neither will hertwodaughters. The teenage girls, devastated when their mother died five months ago in a fire, are determined to finish her last battle: a $20 million sexual harassment suit against her former bosses. “My mom had the courage to stand up for herself…

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