Boston Scientific Gender Discrimination Case

Case name: Denise Fretter and Maria Korsgaard, et al. v. Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp.

Case type: Gender Discrimination

Filed in: [United States District Court for the Central District of California]

Docket: [Case no. 2:15-cv-01988]

Case Summary

In March 2015, Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a $50 million class action against the Valencia, Ca.-based medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. (“BSNC”), which specializes in the sale of devices that are implanted in patients’ spinal columns to relieve chronic pain.

Plaintiffs Denise Fretter and Maria Korsgaard were class representatives. The Complaint alleged that with a national salesforce of 500, BSNC discriminated against women in pay, assignments and other incentives, in violation of the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of The Civil Rights Act, and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Additionally, the Complaint alleged that female members of the BSNC salesforce were subjected to verbal and physical sexual harassment, and experienced retaliation after lodging complaints through internal channels.

The matter was concluded in 2016.

Procedural History