May 27, 2010

Novartis apparently not so mom-friendly

Posted in Discrimination, Gender / Sex tagged , , , , at 11:12 am by Tom Jacobson

Ironically, Novartis, the pharmaceutical giant that has been regularly included in Working Mother magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies, has been ordered by a New York jury to pay $250 million in a class action gender discrimination suit.

According to ABC  News (, the October 2009 issue of Working Mother praised Novartis for its “job-sharing programs and ‘customizable child-care offerings’.”  The jury apparently had a different perception, and now Novartis has been socked with this huge verdict.

The case points out how lip-service to policies and procedures will not save a company from a discrimination claims if those policies and procedures are not truly followed.

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only.  They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship.  For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.


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