News Year: 2010

Shattering Glass Ceilings

June 15th, 2010

As it appeared in the Equality Myth When President Obama issued a statement last week marking the 47th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, the federal legislation that sought to end gender-related wage discrimination, he noted ongoing wage inequities and the fact that women continue to earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by […]

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Novartis to Pay Millions for Sex Discrimination

May 20th, 2010

As it appeared in the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation The Basel-based pharmaceutical company Novartis has been fined $250 million (SFr289 million) in punitive damages after a New York jury found it guilty of practicing sex discrimination. The damages are to be divided between about 5,600 women employees of the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a United States affiliate […]

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Novartis Hit With $250 Million in Punitives in Gender Bias Case

May 20th, 2010

As it appeared in the New York Law Journal Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal Novartis Pharmaceuticals was slammed with $250 million in punitive damages on Wednesday in the largest-ever award in a gender bias case. A New York federal jury took slightly more than one day of deliberations to deliver the blow after finding […]

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Novartis and Its Lawyers Just Don’t Get It

May 20th, 2010

As appeared in the American Lawyer Susan Beck What was Novartis thinking? On Wednesday a Manhattan federal district court jury came back with a stunning award of $250 million in punitive damages against the U.S. subsidiary of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant for discriminating against women in its sales force–the largest verdict ever in a gender […]

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More on the ‘Game Changing’ Novartis Verdict

May 20th, 2010

As it appeared in the Wall Street Journal Novartis got absolutely slammed earlier Wednesday when a jury ruled it should pay $250 million in punitive damages arising out of sex-discrimination charges. The award represented 2.6 percent of the company’s $9.5 billion in revenues. $250 million. How bad is that? Consider this: the punitive damages over […]

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Did Sexist Closing Hurt Novartis in Discrimination Case?

May 20th, 2010

As it appeared on Litigation Daily Novartis Faces $250 Million in Punitive Damages The jury that found Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) guilty of sex discrimination returned a verdict on Wednesday of $250 million in punitive damages, on top of what plaintiffs’ attorneys estimate could be nearly $1 billion in compensatory damages, according to Bloomberg. Many have […]

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Women Awarded $250 Million in Novartis Sex-Bias Case

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared in the Wall Street Journal By CHAD BRAY NEW YORK—A federal jury awarded $250 million in punitive damages Wednesday to a group of current and former female employees of Novartis AG’s U.S. unit after finding earlier this week that the unit engaged in gender discrimination. The jury of five women and four […]

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Why Walmart Will Cringe at the $250M Novartis Sex Discrimination Case

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared in CBS News By Jim Edwards Management at Walmart (WMT) will groan in dismay at the $250 million punitive damages award won by female employees of Novartis (NVS) in a New York federal court today. Walmart is next on the docket of major corporate gender discrimination class action cases. A jury found […]

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U.S. jury decides $250 million damages against Novartis

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared in Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) – Drugmaker Novartis AG must pay $250 million in punitive damages to more than 5,000 current and former women employees, a jury ruled on Wednesday, two days after finding a U.S. division of the company discriminated against women over pay, promotion and pregnancy. The jury in U.S. […]

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Sex Discrimination Jury Weighing Bid for $285 Million In Punitive Damages Against Novartis

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared in Bloomberg By John Herzfeld NEW YORK—A federal jury in a nationwide class action sex discrimination lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. deliberated through the day May 18 on punitive damages in the case, after plaintiffs’ counsel had sought an amount of up to $285 million (Velez v. Novartis Pharms. Corp., S.D.N.Y., No. […]

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Novartis ordered to pay $250 million in sex bias case

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared in Bloomberg A Novartis pharmaceuticals unit was ordered to pay a group of 5,600 female employees punitive damages of $250 million, the largest ever employment discrimination verdict, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. A federal court jury in Manhattan on Wednesday returned the damages ruling, which was also the second-largest verdict of […]

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Novartis Loses Massive Sex Discrimination Case

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared in Litigation Daily Novartis Faces Punitive Damages Well, that didn’t take long. A week after the jury got the case in the largest sex discrimination case ever to go to a jury (cases of this type usually get settled), the jurors found Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) guilty. Based on the ruling, the drugmaker […]

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Novartis hit with $250M punitive damage award

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared in the Associated Press NEW YORK — A jury that found Novartis discriminated against women by paying them less than men, promoting fewer of them and allowing a hostile workplace awarded $250 million in punitive damages on Wednesday. The massive award may be dwarfed by the damages to 5,600 women at the […]

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Jury Finds Novartis Liable for $250M in Female Discrimination Complaints

May 19th, 2010

As appeared on ABC News By EMILY FRIEDMAN Novartis, one of the world’s largest drug companies, was ordered today by a New York jury to pay $250 million in punitive damages to current and former female employees who accused the company of discriminating against them. The order comes on top of the $3.3 million in […]

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Jury awards $250M to women in drug maker gender discrimination case

May 19th, 2010

As it appeared in the New York Post Now that’s a bitter pill! Drug maker Novartis was ordered this morning to pay a record $250 million in punitive damages for under-paying its female sales reps, denying them promotions and mistreating them when they got pregnant.The Manhattan federal jury award — nearly 3 percent of the […]

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