Four former employees of Sanofi-Aventis US, the American arm of the French pharmaceuticals group has filed a sexual discrimination and harassment class action lawsuit against the Company.
The plaintiffs accuse Sanofi-Aventis US management of sex discrimination, saying that they were not promoted because of their gender and were paid significantly less than their male colleagues. The women are seeking more than 300 mln usd in compensation.
All plaintiffs said their bosses had sexually harassed them, in words or unwelcome gestures. Some said they suffered repeated incidences of harassment after reporting the offensive behaviour to management.
‘We’ll be moving for class certification on behalf of approximately 6,000 women in the next few months, after we obtain the statistical data which shows that Sanofi pays its female pharma reps less than men, and fails to promote women at the same rate as men,’ said a lawyer for the plaintiffs, Steven Wittels of Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP.