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Discrimination claim targets pharmaceutical firm

Consumer healthcare giant GlaxoSmithKline faces a lawsuit accusing the company of failing to address discrimination a former employee allegedly experienced during her time at the company. The lawsuit also claims the company broke the terms of the plaintiff's contract by failing to pay market value for her home after relocating her to another city. The discrimination claim seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages

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Though the case centers around events that occurred in other states, many businesses in Maryland face similar lawsuits every year. In many cases, such claims are based around false or exaggerated accusations and cause huge amounts of damage to the defendants. This makes it crucial for any Maryland company facing allegations of discrimination, retaliatory termination, breach of contract or similar offenses to consult with a qualified attorney specializing in business and employment litigation who can properly protect its interest and rights.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff accepted a sale and marketing director position with GlaxoKlineSmith in 2011, signing a contract that required her to relocate to another office across the country. She argued that a male supervisor began harassing her and engaging in other discriminatory behavior several months after her relocation.

The plaintiff asserted that human resources failed to act after she reported the alleged discrimination. She claimed the supervisor learned about the complaints, after which he reportedly accused her of rude and hostile office behavior and turning in falsified expense reports. She was fired several months later after GlaxoSmithKline shut down the department in which she worked.

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Additionally, the lawsuit contends that GlaxoSmithKline offered to purchase her home for $300,000 less than its value as determined by an independent appraisal, thus violating terms in her contract in which the company reportedly agreed to pay fair market value for the property if it could not be sold to another party in 90 days. The plaintiff alleged the company offered an unfair sum for her home in retaliation for her complaints against her supervisor.


Source: 
Penn Record, "GSK faces discrimination, break of contract suit by fired employee who had relocated cross-country for job" Jon Campisi, Jul. 01, 2013

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