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Lawyer For Female Novartis Workers Says They Are Cheated But Company Denies Claim in NYC Trial

From Canadian Press DataFile (April 8, 2010)

NEW YORK -- Opening statements have begun in New York in a class-action lawsuit accusing the drug company Novartis of discriminating against women it hires to sell pharmaceutical supplies.

Attorney Katherine Kimpel (KIHM’-pool) says women hired by Novartis since 2002 entered a company that disrespects and undermines its female workers. She says it results in lower pay, fewer promotions and sometimes a hostile workplace.

Attorney Richard Schnadig (SHNY’-dig) has told the Manhattan federal court jury that the company does not discriminate against women. He calls it a fair company that is sensitive to women’s needs.

Schnadig says 70 per cent of its sales representatives are men because the demographics of the workplace have not yet recovered from the days when fewer women entered the work force.


Posted: April 2010