Forest Gender Discrimination Suit Cites “Striking” Similarities With Other Firms
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Forest is the fourth pharmaceutical company to face a sales rep gender discrimination class action by Sanford Wittels & Heisler; complaint seeks $100 million in damage as well as changes in pay and promotion.
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Novartis will pay $8m to settle second case; last year Daiichi Sankyo settled gender discrimination class action for the same amount and action against Bayer was dismissed following confidential resolution. Cases are ongoing against Merck and Forest.
Merck is the sixth pharmaceutical company to be hit with a sales rep gender discrimination class action by Sanford Heisler; similar complaints have survived motions to dismiss filed in wake of Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart v. Dukes ruling.
Plaintiffs firm that won jury verdict in similar class action against Novartis is seeking $100 million or more in damages.