Updated on 8 November 2013
Ms Leslie Pinciaro Dudley also wants the federal court in Florida to open the case to 150 other short-term sales representatives of Eli Lilly, who she feels would also have been denied incentives
Singapore: A former temporary sales representative of Eli Lilly, Ms Leslie Pinciaro Dudley, is suing Eli Lilly, for an alleged breach of contract. She said that the firm did not give her around $15,000 in incentive pay that she is entitled to.
Ms Dudley filed the lawsuit last week in the federal court in Florida. She has asked the court to declare her case as a class action, opening it up to perhaps 150 other short-term sales representatives, who she says also might have lost out on incentive pay.
Ms Dudley worked in Jacksonville as a senior sales representative in Eli Lilly's men's health division from February 2011-to-March 2013. She received a salary of $83,016 a year during her employment.
Eli Lilly responded quickly to the breach of contract and said that it was an unjust enrichment lawsuit, asking the judge to dismiss it. Lilly argued that its incentive-pay program requires the recipient to still be working for Lilly on the last day of the work period for which the reward was calculated. Since Ms Dudley's 'fixed duration' employment expired three weeks before the work period for her incentive pay program ended, Lilly pointed out that she wasn't entitled to any reward money.
However, Mr Steven Simmons Jr, who is Ms Dudley lawyer, said the clause that Eli Lilly cited requiring employees to be employed to the end of pay periods in order to collect bonuses "was not mentioned in her contract." He said, "Lilly represented through its actual contract that she was entitled to that final incentive pay." He further added that, Lilly did pay Ms Dudley incentive bonuses earlier in her employment and only the bonuses that she earned toward the end of her two-year stint are in dispute.