Forest Laboratories Gender Discrimination Class Action

Case Description

Case Type:  Gender Pay, Promotion, and Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action
Company:  Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Forest Laboratories, Inc.

Barrett, et al, v. Forest Laboratories, Inc., et al.


In July 2012, Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against Forest Laboratories, Inc., and Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Forest”) in federal court in New York, alleging, among other claims, that Forest discriminates against its female Sales Representatives by paying them less than their male counterparts. The Plaintiffs also allege claims of failure to promote, discrimination based on pregnancy and maternity leave, sexual harassment, and retaliation. In 2014, the Court denied Forest’s attempt to dismiss the Plaintiffs’ claims, and in 2015 the Court conditionally certified a class under the Equal Pay Act (EPA).

Plaintiffs’ Equal Pay Act Claims

The EPA requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. A female Forest Sales Representative who believes that she was paid less than men who performed similar work may be eligible to join this lawsuit, which seeks to recover wages that we allege Forest wrongfully denied female Sales Representatives.

In September 2015, the Court conditionally certified Plaintiffs’ EPA claims to proceed as a “collective action,” holding that Plaintiffs had shown sufficient evidence that female Sales Representatives at Forest were paid less than their male counterparts for the same work. The Court ordered notices to be distributed to approximately 2,000 current and former Forest Sales Representatives who may be eligible to join our lawsuit.

Click here to view the full Court-ordered notice.

Retaliation Is Illegal

Federal law prohibits any employer from taking any action against you because you express interest in or elect to join this collective action, or for providing information relevant to this lawsuit that may support the Plaintiffs’ claims. Attorneys from Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP are on call to ensure that these rights are protected.


If you have any questions about the lawsuit, please contact Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP by phone at (646)402-5650.

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