Pfizer lost a bid to stop depositions that are expected to support claims by former sales reps that the drugmaker fabricated misconduct allegations as a pretext for age discrimination,Health Law360 reports.
One of the former reps, Karen Kirkpatrick, who was first hired by Parke-Davis in 1989 and was 55 when she was fired early last year, wants to depose several doctors and nurses to prove she didn't falsify sampling records by altering dates, according to court documents. She was replaced by a 25-year-old rep. Here is the lawsuit.
A magistrate in federal court in Kansas denied Pfizer's motion for a protective order to prevent the depositions of five doctors. The depositions may be used by the lawyers for the former reps to gather evidence that may be cited as a reason for firing other reps. Can you say class action?
According to court documents, Majorie Wagoner, who joined Pfizer in 1980 and was 56 when she was fired last year, was accused of falsifying sampling forms. She was replaced by a rep in his early 30's. The third plaintiff, Ernie Krull, joined Pharmacia in 2003 and was 52 when he lost his job over allegations of falsifying expense reports as part of a 'witch hunt.' He was replaced by a rep 25 years younger than him, according to their lawsuit.