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Class Actions


Class actions are governed by federal and state rules. A class action lawsuit provides people who have been wronged, financially or otherwise, with an opportunity to seek justice for injuries that may have been caused by unlawful employment practices.

Known as a class action lawsuit, one or several persons sue on behalf of a larger group of persons, referred to as “the class.” The employee named in the class action is the class representative, but all members of the class are treated equally.



The first step in determining whether you are part of a class is to see if you can meet these requirements:

  • Numbers: There must be enough people in your position, or in a similar position as you, that joining together to file a class action lawsuit is the most practical option.
  • Common issue: Your employment claims need to raise common legal and factual issues, making it efficient to deal with all claims together.
  • Typical cases: The named plaintiffs, the representatives, have the same claims and defenses as the others in the class.

After reviewing the facts of your case with you, your employment attorney will take this information before the court in order to ‘certify’ the class. The court determines if the above elements exist, and it certifies the class if a class action is the best way to manage the claims.

Certification is usually granted when the class wants the defendant to do or stop doing something, such as paying employees for time worked, or requiring that employees take meal and rest breaks.



Many employers take advantage of their employees, ignoring California and federal employment laws regarding how an employer must treat an employee. Employers may take advantage of their employees through:

  • Wage and hour violations
  • Improper background checks;
  • Late payment of wages or commissions;
  • Failing to pay vacation and/or personal time;
  • Unpaid overtime;
  • Failing to observe paid sick leave laws;
  • Requiring employees to skip mean and rest breaks;
  • Failing to properly reimburse employees for business expenses, such as smartphones;
  • Retaliating against workers who report unfair workplace conditions;
  • Unequal pay for the same job.

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At Hardin Law Group, we are committed to finding justice for individuals and groups. We have seen firsthand that there is power in numbers. If you believe your rights as an employee in California have been violated, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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