Novartis Pharmaceuticals was slammed with $250 million in punitive damages on Wednesday in the largest-ever award in a gender bias case. A New York federal jury took slightly more than one day of deliberations to deliver the blow after finding the company liable for discrimination against women employees in pay, promotion and pregnancy policies. One lawyer said the verdict should be seen as part of a sea change on the gender discrimination front that will lead to more litigation.
Novartis Hit With $250 Million in Punitives in Gender Bias Case
New York Law Journal
May 20, 2010