Novartis faces lawsuit

Jury selection for a class-action lawsuit filed against Novartis Pharmaceuticals began this week after a group of current and former sales representatives in New York alleged sex discrimination against the company's female employees.

Jury selection for a class-action lawsuit filed against Novartis Pharmaceuticals began this week after a group of current and former sales representatives in New York alleged sex discrimination against the company's female employees. Novartis' lawyers have denied the claims.

Several of the news stories this week mention Novartis' inclusion in Working Mother's list of 100 best companies to work for. The company is credited by the magazine for offering flex time, job shares, telecommuting, and seminars on pediatric issues. 

Daily Finance writes:

Every year from 2000 to 2009, Working Mother magazine included Novartis (NVS) on its list of the 100 best places to work, but if the 5,600 women sales representatives suing the company for sex discrimination win their $200 million case against the pharmaceutical giant, it's hard to imagine the magazine including it again.

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