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Case Name Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 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
Case Ongoing Yes
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  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
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Docket(s)
2:05-cv-00404-TFM (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0121-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/21/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order of the Court (2006 WL 2290410) (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0121-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/08/2006
Source: Westlaw
Appellate Decision [Ct. of App. ECF# 48-1]
EE-PA-0121-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/03/2006
Memorandum Opinion and Order of the Court [ECF# 62] (2007 WL 2905892) (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0121-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/28/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges McVerry, Terrence F. (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0121-0003 | EE-PA-0121-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Clickner, M. Jean (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
Fawcett, Kristen T. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
Griffith, Mark A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
Nychis, Peter G. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
Smith, Rachel M (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Flynn-Kozara, Abigail D. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
Lazala, Virginia (New Jersey)
EE-PA-0121-9000
Munsch, Martha Hartle (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000
Watterson, Kim M. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0121-9000

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