Jury Awards over $250 Million Verdict Against Novartis in Sex Discrimination Case

 A federal jury on Monday found that the U.S. unit of Swiss drug maker Novartis AG engaged in a "pattern or practice" of discrimination against its female employees. 

Following a six-week trial, the jury issued a verdict ordering the company to pay a class of women employees $3.3 million in compensatory damages.  On Tuesday, the jury awarded $250 million in punitive damages against the company.  

The lawsuit on behalf of about 5,600 current and former women employees alleged that while working for Novartis, they were systematically denied promotions, paid less and subjected to differential treatment.

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