Merck's 'Boys Club' Targeted In $100M Gender Bias Suit

Law360, New York (May 9, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT) -- Merck & Co. was hit with a $100 million discrimination class action Thursday in New Jersey federal court alleging the company discourages its management from hiring and promoting women because of maternity leave fears, and its management promotes a “boys club” atmosphere.

The lawsuit said that compensation and promotion opportunities for Merck's female sales representatives are severely hampered by a system in which sales representatives' pay is tied to the productivity of their colleagues, and managers and employees who work with pregnant women are paid less...
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