Many of our clients come to us with concerns about their rights as an employee in California being violated. Whether it is through misclassification, an overtime violation, discrimination, or another type of employment claim, we have observed that these clients are generally not alone. In fact, more times than not, companies commit these blatant violations on a regular basis and as a matter of policy. At Hardin & Lott Employment Law, we have seen firsthand that there is power in numbers.
Class Action Employment Lawsuits in California
Sometimes, it takes a large group of mistreated co-workers coming together for a company to admit their wrongdoing and pay the individuals the financial compensation they deserve. 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. Our California employment lawyers know how to win a class action lawsuit against an employer violating its employees’ rights.
How Do I File a Class Action?
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. The first step in determining whether you are a 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.