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Case Name EEOC v. NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION EE-PA-0121
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-00404-TFM ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in March 2005. According to the court's order denying dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the complaint ... read more >
The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in March 2005. According to the court's order denying dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the complaint alleged sex discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (E.E.O.C. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. 2006 WL 2290410 (W.D. Pa. 2006)). The defendant appealed to the Court of Appeals to overturn the court's order denying dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, but its appeal was denied. The defendant also moved for summary judgment, which was denied. A bench trial was held in February 2008 and the case was ongoing in the district court as of 4/22/2008.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/30/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:05-cv-00404-TFM (W.D. Pa.) 04/09/2008
EE-PA-0121-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order of the Court 08/08/2006 (2006 WL 2290410) (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0121-0003 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Appellate Decision 11/03/2006
EE-PA-0121-0001 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order of the Court 09/28/2007 (2007 WL 2905892) (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0121-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges McVerry, Terrence F. (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0121-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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