In the news release, Six New Plaintiffs Join Sanford Heisler's $100m Gender Discrimination Class Action Against Forest Laboratories & Forest Pharmaceuticals, issued Nov. 5, 2012 by Sanford Heisler, LLP over PR Newswire, we are advised by the law firm that the dateline should read "NEW YORK" rather than "NEWARK, N.J." as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows:
Six New Plaintiffs Join Sanford Heisler's $100m Gender Discrimination Class Action Against Forest Laboratories & Forest Pharmaceuticals
Ten Former and Current Mothers and Pregnant Women Cite Egregious Conditions
NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanford Heisler, LLP, today added six additional female plaintiffs to the $100 million gender discrimination employment class action complaint the firm initially filed in July against New York-based Forest Laboratories, Inc., and Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The amended complaint was filed in the federal court for the Southern District of New York this morning. It increases the number of named plaintiffs to ten and provides additional support to the assertion that Forest discriminates against its female employees from coast to coast.
"The amended complaint reflects the unfortunate reality that the first four named plaintiffs comprise just a fraction of the women subjected to gender discrimination at Forest Pharmaceuticals," said David Sanford, Chairman of Sanford Heisler LLP and lead attorney for the plaintiffs. "Information about the full extent of the hostile work environment that pregnant women and mothers endure companywide continues to emerge, as more and more women employed by this pharma giant find out that much of what they are subjected to as Forest employees is illegal. We expect this class to be quite large."The new named plaintiffs – all of whom are current or former high-performing Forest sales representatives – are Los Angeles residents Kimberly Clinton and Maria Avila; York, PA, resident Erin Eckenrode; Lebanon, PA, resident Julie Smyth; Louisville, KY, resident Andrea Harley; and Girard, IL, resident Christy Louder. The four original plaintiffs are Pennsylvania resident Megan Barrett and Texas residents, Lindsey Houser, Jennifer Jones and Jennifer Seard. All ten named plaintiffs are current or former sales representatives of Forest. "This case is very similar in many ways to the Novartis gender discrimination case we tried in the Southern District of New York in 2010 where, on behalf of the female sales reps, we won a $253 million jury verdict," said Mr. Sanford. The original and amended complaints assert Forest's female sales representatives have been and continue to be paid less than similarly situated male employees, despite the women's exemplary work performance. As a result of their gender, all ten of the named plaintiffs were denied bonuses, promotions, stock options and other employment incentives to which they were entitled.