Every day many of us have to go to work to support ourselves and our families. When we are at work, we expect to be treated with respect by our coworkers, our bosses and the company we work for. Unfortunately in many places across the country and even right here in Tennessee that is not always the case. Many employees face discrimination and some of it may just be because of their gender.
A jury recently found the company Novartis Pharmaceuticals, guilty of gender discrimination in issues involving pay, promotions, and pregnancy. This was a nation wide class action suit of 5,600 female sales representatives making it the largest gender discrimination case to go to verdict.
The jury also awarded the twelve testifying witnesses 3.36 million in compensatory damages for the specific instances of discrimination that those witnesses testified to. That was also just the beginning of the money that will be awarded as a result of the verdict. Other punitive damage amounts are being decided on today, Tuesday May 18, 2010. Finally, in separate hearings, compensatory damages for each member of the class action that opts in will be decided on.
In this case, the judge, Judge McMahon, also gets to decide what orders to give to Novartis to change its policies and procedures to in order to help prevent more discrimination in the future. This case included female sales representatives that worked for Novartis between 2002 and 2007.
The jury stated that what they learned from this case is that you would not “want your wife, your mother, your sister or your daughter to work,” for this company.
Unfortunately, many cases just like this one happen to female employees and other employees across the country and in Tennessee every single day. If you or a loved one has suffered due to gender discrimination, we strongly suggest that you contact one of our caring and experienced Tennessee Employment attorneys right away. We will hear your case and make sure you get the care and treatment you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 800-705-2121 to set up a FREE consultation