Women sue Novartis for discrimination
Big pharma just doesn’t get it. In addition to dozens of other suits, a major drug manufacturer is being used for discriminating against women. The State reported that a dozen women are suing drug maker Novartis, claiming the company discriminated against them on the basis of gender. The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by 12 current and former female employees, alleged a "systemic pattern" of gender discrimination that prevents women from getting better, higher-paying jobs held by men and that women are subjected to a hostile workplace environment, and are penalized for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
In a statement, the company denied the charges and said it is "deeply committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees, and is proud of its policies and programs designed to support the advancement of women in the sales force and throughout the company." Five of the plaintiffs had filed suit against Novartis in November; Thursday's filing was a class-action suit. Each has also filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.