Novartis to become first company to pay punitive damages in gender discrimination case
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
New York Law Journal: A jury found Novartis Pharmaceuticals liable “for discriminating against women in pay and promotion and on the basis of pregnancy,” reports Mark Hamblett. The 12 name plaintiffs were awarded a total of $3.3 million in compensatory damages. The jury also determined punitive damages should be awarded the 5,600 women in the class. The plaintiffs are seeking $200 million in damages in the second-largest pending gender discrimination class action in the nation.