The over $250 million award to the victims of gender discrimination in the case against Novartis has brought national attention to the multiple types of gender bias in the workplace. The plaintiffs were subject to discrimination based on their gender, pregnancy and motherhood. Cases such as this and the class action against Walmart have shed new light on the prevalence of wage gaps in American companies, many of which have received praise for being great places for women to work.
Many law firms and other organizations have already noticed a rise in complaints from women who are ready to speak out about unequal pay and discriminatory treatment in the workplace. Additionally, lawyers are more willing to take on cases based in family responsibility and motherhood discrimination with these new precedents.
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