A gender discrimination suit against pharmaceutical giant Novartis resulted in a settlement of $175 million. The lawsuit, on behalf of Novartis' female sales staff alleged that the company discriminated against women by paying them lower salaries and offering them fewer chances of promotion. A 2004 suit against the same company resulted in a jury award of $250 million dollars in punitive damages.
As a part of the agreement, Novaris will pay $152.5 million to the current and former female sales staff. A further $22.5 million will pay for a program that will revise their sexual harassment policies and address gender disparities at the company.
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