Novartis Unit Hit With Gender Bias Class Action

Law360 (August 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge in Manhattan has granted class action status to a $200 million gender discrimination lawsuit brought against a subsidiary of Novartis AG by female sales employees.

U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch on Tuesday signed off on a 51-page opinion and order certifying a class comprised of women who work or have worked in a sales-related position with New Jersey-based Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. since July 15, 2002.

However, Judge Lynch also dismissed the plaintiffs' claims against Novartis Corp., the U.S.-based corporate parent of Novartis...
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