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Novartis found guilty of discrimination in US

A US division of Basel-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis has been found guilty of discriminating against female employees by a New York court.

A jury in the US District Court ruled on Monday that the company had systematically denied women promotion, paid them less and subjected them to differential treatment.

At the opening of the trial six weeks ago, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said that although the company had extensive written materials warning against discrimination in fact it said “one thing on paper but another thing in real life”.

Novartis says it does not discriminate against women and has put policies in place to ensure equality at the work place.

The case was brought by 13 women on behalf of about 5,600 women employees of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and agencies

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