Six current and former Bayer employees in New Jersey have been working with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to compel changes at Bayer, however plaintiffs discontinued those proceedings on March 21, 2011 and decided to file suit against the company in Bayer in Newark, New Jersey.
According to attorney who represents the plaintiff class:
“Bayer engaged in systematic discrimination against its female employees – particularly those with family responsibilities – by paying them less than their counterparts, denying them promotions into better and higher paying positions, limiting their employment opportunities to lower and less desirable job classifications and exposing them to different treatment and a hostile work environment.”
Unsurprisingly, the company released a statement vigorously denying the gender discrimination allegations. Bayer’s legal woes mirror those faced by other companies recently, including Toshiba, Novartis, and Wal-Mart. According to a Wall Street Journal story, Wal-Mart is heading to the US Supreme Court to try to challenge the certification of a class action suit against the giant company for sex discrimination. If the Supreme Court certifies the class action, Wal-Mart will face the biggest gender discrimination suit in US history.
When employees at large companies – such as Novartis, Wal-Mart, and Bayer – face unfair treatment, they often feel “helpless” against the institutional behemoths that pay their salaries. Even women, minorities and other members of protected classes who work at small businesses or non-profits may feel intimidated and scared by the prospect of filing a lawsuit against their employer.
A lot of the struggle is psychological. If you’ve been discriminated against, retaliated against, or otherwise subjected to a hostile unfair work environment, the law is on your side. You can take advantage of a plethora of resources to compel your employer to behave and even to extract compensation for things like wrongful termination or an unfair pay cut.
But human beings evolved to be social creatures; we value loyalty. When you complain to HR or seek legal action by going to an employment discrimination lawyer, you may feel like you are violating this unspoken fundamental tenet of human conduct: to be loyal to those in your “pack.”
Loyalty in and of itself can be a wonderful thing. But if you are loyal to people who are harming you or treating you badly, that’s not a good thing. Fortunately, you can avail yourself of creditable, reputable, experienced resources that can help you overcome your workplace challenges. Connect today with attorneys at Joseph & Kirschenbaum at (212) 688-5640 or www.jhllp.com to learn more about your rights and legal resources.