Smith, et al. v. Merck — We Mention This Solely To Complete The Record. . . .

Ed Silverman, that fine gent long writing Pharmalot, now over at the Boston Globe’s STAT, first reported early this morning on this item. Nice scoop!

The federal District Court sitting in New Jersey has allowed the Smith FMLA opt-in case to proceed, on a conditional certification of class status basis, in an 18 page opinion, overnight. From Ed’s item, then:

. . . .The lawsuit, which seeks [at least] $250 million in damages, alleges the drug maker systematically discriminated by paying the reps less than their male counterparts, denying them promotions, and subjecting them to sexual harassment. The lawsuit also claims pregnant employees were often pressured to leave. . . .

That is the allegation, anyway. We first mentioned this almost exactly three years ago. So, this will help keep the record here current. We will (once again) return to quietly monitoring this lititgation. Onward, with a son due in town shortly. . . smile. . . .


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