May 2014: Newville Files Class Action Pay Discrimination Lawsuit Against Lab Companies
On Friday, May 2, Joshua Newville filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The lawsuit, filed against NeuroScience, Inc. and Pharmasan Labs, Inc., alleges pay discrimination on the basis of sex/gender.
Defendants NeuroScience and Pharmasan Labs advertise themselves as being committed to delivering personalized health care solutions. The companies include a clinical laboratory improvements-regulated specialty reference laboratory, purportedly providing licensed health care providers with integrative clinical assessments (testing) and proprietary nutraceuticals (supplements) that purportedly identify and target neurological and hormonal imbalances.
Plaintiff Danielle Ailts Campeau has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Campeau’s full-time employment with Defendants began in May 2007. Campeau began as a technical support specialist and quickly rose to one of the most senior positions in the company, overseeing multiple departments and projects and assisting in privacy and compliance officer functions.
Midway through her employment with Defendants, Campeau discovered that she was substantially underpaid compared to men in the company who had both similar and significantly less education, experience, and responsibility. Campeau approached Defendants regarding this unequal pay and was rebuffed. Campeau remained grossly underpaid compared to men in both comparable and less comparable positions (with regard to education, experience, and job responsibilities).
In February 2014, after opposing unfair treatment of a fellow female employee, Campeau was immediately terminated by Defendants.
Campeau is in possession of substantial evidence that she and other female employees of Defendants were and are significantly underpaid compared to men in the company. Defendants’ actions in this regard violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act.
Campeau’s lawsuit is filed on behalf of herself and other female employees of Defendants. Female employees will have the opportunity to join Campeau’s lawsuit as opt-in plaintiffs in this action, pursuing monetary damages from Defendants, punitive damages, and all other relief available by law.
Campeau’s attorney Joshua Newville, is a Minnesota and Wisconsin employment and civil rights attorney.
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Joshua Newville is an attorney and mediator based in Minnesota. He litigates employment and civil rights cases, serves as a mediator for civil disputes, and provides employment law advice.