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Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Bayer

On Monday six current and former employees of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals filed a $100 million lawsuit in a New Jersey federal court, alleging that Bayer AG had discriminated against its women employees. The plaintiffs in the case stated that Bayer denied them equal opportunities for promotion, equal pay, and pregnancy leave.

Katherine Kimpel, the women’s lawyer, told Dow Jones Newswires, “Bayer engages in systemic discrimination against its female employees – particularly those with family responsibilities- by paying them less than their counterparts, denying them promotions into better and higher paying positions, limiting their employment opportunities to lower and less desirable job classifications, and exposing them to different treatment and a hostile work environment.”

Bayer denies allegations that it discriminated on the basis of gender.

Sources:

Dow Jones Newsires 3/21/11; Reuters Legal 3/21/11