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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Velez v. Novartis Corp. (Gender Discrimination)

Current and former female employees of Novartis AG claimed the company’s U.S. subsidiary, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., discriminated against female members of its sales force in pay and promotions and discriminated against pregnant women. In July 2010, Novartis settled with 5,600 current and former saleswomen for $175 million, including $152.5 million in cash payments and $22.5 million in improvements to policies and programs.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Filing
11/19/2004
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Novartis AG $175,000,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 8/10/2010
Novartis Press Release (July 2010) 8/10/2010
Novartis Press Release (May 2010) 8/10/2010
Settlement 8/10/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database