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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Novo Nordisk

July 27, 2011
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A class action lawsuit has been filed against pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk on of behalf drug sales reps for alleged overtime wage and hour violations. According to the wage and hour class action complaint filed against the drug company, Novo Nordisk violated California overtime laws by failing to pay pharmaceutical sales representatives for overtime hours worked. Under California law, companies are required to pay all non-exempt employees overtime compensation whenever the employees work more than eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. The primary requirement to satisfy the outside salesperson exemption and not get paid overtime under California law and the Fair Labor Standards Act is that the sales reps are actually making sales. In the Novo Nordisk overtime class action lawsuit, the pharmaceutical sales reps allege that they were not actually making sales but rather promoting prescription drugs to physicians. At most, the physician can agree to prescribe the medicine to patients as needed, but cannot actually buy the prescription medicine from the pharmaceutical sales reps directly.

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