Merck Prevails In Former Exec's Pregnancy Bias Suit

Law360, New York (June 1, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT) -- A federal jury on Monday sided with Merck & Co. Inc. in a former executive's lawsuit claiming she was denied a promotion and lost her job because of pregnancy and gender discrimination — allegations that the company argued didn't make sense and misrepresented legitimate business decisions.

About an hour after resuming deliberations, the jury in Newark, New Jersey, returned a no cause verdict in the suit that Kerri Colicchio — a onetime senior director with Merck's global operations excellence department, which became Merck Sigma — launched against the company, former Global OE Vice President Laurel LaBauve and former Merck Executive Vice...

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