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Former employees are accusing Alcon of workplace discrimination

Women who were previously employed by Alcon are claiming that they were not given equal treatment in comparison to their male colleagues. The Texas-based company, a division of Novartis, is being accused of workplace discrimination by the women, and they are requesting a trial by jury. The plaintiffs were called ambitious and very talented according to press releases, but all of their hard work was allegedly not being compensated.

According to the complaint, the company had a "boy's club" mentality that clearly did not favor the women who worked there. The women were allegedly held back from furthering their careers and not given the same opportunities for advancement as their male co-workers. The plaintiffs are also accusing the company of paying men in similar positions more money than their female counterparts.

One of the plaintiffs could no longer tolerate being paid less for doing a similar job and filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After she filed, she claims that the company retaliated against her by lowering her performance reviews and then firing her while she was on medical leave that was protected by the law. She alleges that she was fired not long before her $750,000 of Novartis stock was going to be vested.

The Texas company stated that it disagrees with the workplace discrimination allegations that the women have leveled against the company. Furthermore, the company stated that it promotes equality in the workplace so that these types of accusations are prevented. The women are asking for $110 million dollars for their claim.

Source: bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com, "D-FW resident sues Fort Worth eye care company for $110M in gender discrimination lawsuit", Sean Lester, March 17, 2015

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