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Jury Verdict Against Novartis Pharmaceuticals For Retaliating Against Drug Sales Rep Who Took Maternity Leave
Date:3/9/2010

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 5, 2010, a jury in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rendered a verdict in favor of pharmaceutical sales representative Mary Kate Breeden, awarding $289,669 against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation on her claim of retaliation for taking maternity leave covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Under the FMLA's liquidated damages provision, this amount is automatically doubled to $579,338.  The District Court has yet to decide the amount front pay, attorney fees, and costs to award.

Mary Kate Breeden worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Novartis for over seven (7) years.  After announcing that she was pregnant, Novartis cut her sales territory in half leaving her with fewer and smaller accounts.  When she objected to the change, her supervisor said it was temporary and that she would be made "whole."  Upon returning f
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