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Drug Reps Sue Novo Nordisk For Wage Violations

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Drug sales representatives have filed a wage and hour class action lawsuit  in Sacramento Superior Court against pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk alleging the company violated laws by failing to pay for overtime hours.

According to attorneys for the plaintiffs, 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 forty 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. disclaimer: This article: Drug Reps Sue Novo Nordisk For Wage Violations was posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 6:30 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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