News Year: 2012

PRWeek, July 13, 2012 – PR needs to do better for women

July 13th, 2012

by Steve Barrett It seems a different PR agency comes under the microscope every week at the moment and after Ogilvy, Weber Shandwick, Hill+Knowlton, and Porter Novelli’s recent spells in the spotlight, MSL takes its turn this time. A $100 million class action suit, originally filed in February 2011 by former MSL healthcare director Monique […]

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Business Insider, July 13, 2012 – MSLGroup’s Neil Dhillon Just Called An All-Hands Meeting In DC To Deny Sex Discrimination Suit

July 13th, 2012

by Jim Edwards Neil Dhillon, managing director of MSLGroup in Washington D.C., just called an all-hands meeting at his offices to reassure staffers at the PR agency that the proposed class-action sex discrimination lawsuit filed against the company is false. About 30 to 35 people attended the impromptu, all-staff confab. A source tells us Dhillon […]

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PRWeek, July 12, 2012 – Court Documents Describe Inappropriate Behavior by MSL Execs

July 12th, 2012

by Brittaney Kiefer NEW YORK: Court documents filed in the class action lawsuit against MSLGroup and parent Publicis Groupe describe senior male executives at the firm behaving in a derogatory manner towards female employees. The documents, filed in US District Court in the Southern District of New York, accuse MSL Americas president Jim Tsokanos and […]

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Business Insider, July 10, 2012 – CLASS ACTION: Publicis PR Pays Women $100K Less Than Men

July 10th, 2012

by Jim Edwards Female employees of Publicis Groupe’s MSLGroup PR agency have secured a potentially crucial victory in their litigation over alleged unequal pay at the shop: A federal judge in New York granted conditional certification to their claim for a class action suit against the company. The suit was brought by Monique da Silva […]

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Forest faces $100M gender bias suit

July 6th, 2012

As it appeared in FiercePharma by Eric Palmer Megan Barrett says when she returned from each of two maternity leaves, her job ranking at Forest Laboratories ($FRX) was downgraded. When Jennifer Seard tried to figure out a way to both continue to work and get time to take care of her epileptic son, she says […]

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Gender bias class action suit filed against Forest Pharmaceuticals

July 5th, 2012

As it appeared in Business Insurance by Judy Greenwald NEW YORK—A $100 million putative class action gender discrimination lawsuit was filed against Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. Thursday in federal district court in New York. The lawsuit, filed by New York-based plaintiff law firm Sanford Wittels & Heisler L.L.P. on behalf of female former sales representatives for […]

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Forest Labs hit with $100 mln gender bias lawsuit

July 5th, 2012

As it appeared in Reuters By Jonathan Stempel July 5 Forest Laboratories Inc was sued for at least $100 million by four former sales representatives who accused the New York-based drugmaker of discriminating against women, including those who become pregnant or care for young children. Thursday’s complaint seeks class-action status, and compensatory and punitive damages […]

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The National Law Journal, June 20, 2012 – A Big Win for Pharma Companies in SCOTUS Overtime Case

June 20th, 2012

By Marcia Coyle The National Law Journal Pharmaceutical companies scored a major victory this week when a divided U.S. Supreme Court held that the industry’s sales representatives are not eligible for overtime pay. The Court, ruling 5-4 in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham, found that the estimated 90,000 drug sales reps fell within the so-called “outside […]

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Bloomberg BNA, June 11, 2012 – Judge OKs $99 Million Overtime Settlement For More Than 7,000 Novartis Sales Reps

June 11th, 2012

As appeared in the Bloomberg BNA By John Herzfeld NEW YORK–A federal judge May 31 gave final approval to a $99 million settlement of a nationwide wage and hour class action on overtime claims by more than 7,000 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. sales representatives (In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litig., S.D.N.Y., No. 06-MD-1794, settlement approved […]

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CNN, June 7, 2012 – A Step Backward For Fair Pay

June 7th, 2012

By Katherine Kimpel Editor’s note:Katherine Kimpel is a partner at Sanford Wittels & Heisler, LLP, a public interest law firm that specializes in employment discrimination and other civil rights matters. She served as lead counsel in a class action suit against Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. that resulted in the largest-ever award in a gender bias case. […]

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