Supreme Court Nixes Overtime Pay For Drug Reps

overtime pay drug pharmaceutical rep
overtime pay drug pharmaceutical rep

By Mark Sherman

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has ruled that sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies do not qualify for overtime pay under federal law, a big victory for the drug industry.

In a 5-4 decision Monday, the court's conservative majority concluded that the roughly 90,000 people who try to persuade doctors to prescribe certain drugs to their patients are not covered by the federal law governing overtime pay.