martes, 7 de febrero de 2012

NOVARTIS paga "sobretiempos" / Visitadores médicos "ganan" a destiempo...

Jan 25 (Reuters) -

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp has agreed to pay $99 million to settle a lawsuit by current and former sales representatives who claimed they were denied overtime pay despite working more than 40 hours per week.

The settlement resolves a 2006 lawsuit covering about 7,700 plaintiffs who have worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, an affiliate of Switzerland-based Novartis AG, the law firm for the plaintiffs said.

The settlement follows a July 2010 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that the workers qualified for overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to address the same issue after another federal appeals court said similarly situated workers at a unit of Britain's GlaxoSmithKline Plc were not entitled to overtime pay.

Andre Wyss, president of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, in a statement said that while the company believes it pays workers in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, "it is time to resolve these wage and hour claims."

U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to the $99 million settlement, a sum that includes attorneys fees of as much as 30 percent, court records show.

A hearing to grant final approval is scheduled for May 31.

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