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Sanford Wittels & Heisler Files $100 Million Gender Discrimination Class Action In Southern District Of New York
Date:7/5/2012

action is the only recourse women have to address these grievous wrongs and to restore female employees' rights."

Moreover, the plaintiffs were paid less than similarly situated male employees at Forest, despite their exemplary performance, and were denied bonuses, promotions, and other employment incentives as a result of their gender and their taking maternity leave.

"Forest either does not have or does not follow policies that reduce or eliminate disparate impact on women and gender bias," said Mr. Sanford.  "Instead, the company permits the gender stereotypes of Forest's predominately male managerial and supervisory staff to influence the company's personnel decisions.  These practices are clearly illegal and must be stopped before other female employees' lives and livelihoods are affected."

Forest Laboratories' (NYSE: FRX) is a global company that develops and markets prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical products across the United States. The company's revenue in the twelve months that ended March 31, 2011 was $4.4 billion. Forest Pharmaceuticals is one of the 15 largest U.S. pharmaceutical companies and has more than 5,000 employees.

Today's Complaint is not the first time women have filed Complaints alleging gender and pregnancy discrimination at Forest. In the past year, Forest has been named as a defendant in gender and pregnancy discrimination cases filed in Alabama and Ohio.

Today's filing seeks certification of a class as the most efficient and economical means of addressing the questions of law common to the plaintiffs' claims of a systematic pattern and practice of gender discrimination by Forest against its female employees. The Complaint also seeks injunctive relief that includes a restructuring of many of Forest's personnel policies and procedures so that female employees can enjoy the same conditions of employme
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