Outside Salesmen Exemption Applicable to Drug Company Sales Reps

Posted on Jun 20, 2012

A sharply-divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in the case Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham that drug company sales reps were "outside salesmen" under the Fair Labor Standards Act and thus exempt from overtime pay requirements. The Court was predictably split: Chief Justice Roberts along with Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito ruled for the big corporation and against the employees, while Justices Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor and Ginsburg ruled for the employees.

Read Robert Abell's analysis at the Kentucky Employment Law Blog: Drug Company Sales Reps Not Entitled to Overtime, Supreme Court Rules 5-4.

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