New Jersey class action alleges Bayer discriminates against female employees

The Washington D.C. office of Sanford Wittels & Heisler, LLP, filed a class action on Monday against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.  The suit, brought in the US. District Court for New Jersey on behalf of six female employees, alleges that the company violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and New Jersey law by engaging in a pattern and practice of discrimination in pay, promotions and the treatment of pregnant women.  According to the lawsuit, Bayer even went so far as to publish articles suggesting that men are better suited to be managers than women.  The articles describe females as prone to "mood swings," "indecision," and "backstabbing."  The articles also indicate that "women with power are 'loose cannons' who often feel threatened by colleagues."  The plaintiffs are seeking damages of $100 million or more for themselves and other similarly situated female employees and former employees.  According to her firm's website, the attorney who filed the suit, Katherine Kimpel, recently served as co-lead counsel in Velez v. Novartis, which resulted in the largest gender discrimination jury verdict in U.S. history.