The National Law Journal has published an article entitled "Drug Salespeople Sue for Unpaid Overtime," which discusses one of the latest trends in wage and hour litigation -- pharmaceutical representatives suing for overtime, challenging the commissioned sales exemption and seeking 10-20 hours per week of unpaid overtime. The article includes a quote from Eric Kingsley, who was our co-counsel in wage and hour class actions against Guitar Center and Darden Restaurants (Oliver Garden and Red Lobster):
"These reps aren't making sales. They're marketing products to doctors ... They are not sales reps, but pharm-bots who do and say as they are told."
Among the companies being sued under for such claims: AstraZeneca, Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Amgen Inc., Eli Lilly & Co., GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Bayer Corp. and Hoffman-LaRoche Inc.