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Date:5/25/2011

n exemplary performer.  What happened to Ms. Celske is representative of a deeper company-wide problem of gender discrimination in the sales force."

Further echoing some of the most compelling testimony in the Novartis gender discrimination case, the case has also grown to include evidence of sexual harassment ignored and tacitly condoned by Bayer.  In the Novartis trial, the jury heard compelling testimony from women who had been harassed by doctors to whom they marketed drugs.  Here, the harassers are actually on Bayer payroll.  For example, Class Representative Vera Santangelo suffered discrimination at the hands of an attorney working as Senior Counsel for Bayer HealthCare's Consumer Care division.  

"Ms. Santangelo sought help within the company in every way possible – she called the hotline, spoke with the Ombudsman, and otherwise reached out to Human Resources, the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, and to both the former and the current Presidents of Bayer HealthCare Consumer Care," explained Steven Wittels, also an attorney for the plaintiffs and class and a founding partner at the firm.  "Rather than addressing the problem, Bayer turned a blind eye to Ms. Santangelo's plight.  Even worse, Bayer has recently been subjected Ms. Santangelo to retaliation for trying to protect her rights in the workplace."

The Amended Complaint adds two new Class Representatives -- a sales representative and an employee at Consumer Care -- to join the six Class Representatives who filed the original complaint in March of this year on behalf of themselves and a class of female managers in the United States under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and New Jersey law on March 21, 2011.  The Amended Complaint expands the class to include all women sales representatives at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and now all women at Bayer HealthCare Consumer Care, a division of Bayer HealthCare which was not
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