Employment Class Action Lawsuits
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What Are Employment Class Action Lawsuits?
Employment class action lawsuits are employment dispute claims that are brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger class of people. In most cases, this is a lawsuit that involves a large number of workers who have been affected by the same type of legal issue. Rather than filing a large number of individual lawsuits, it may be possible to file only one class action lawsuit in order to determine the remedies for the class of affected workers.
For example, if a group of workers is affected by a wage violation, they may choose to file a class action lawsuit in order to receive legal relief for the violation. This can save the plaintiffs a great deal of time and resources on the legal process.
What Are Some Common Employment Class Action Claims?
Some legal issues result in class action claims more than others. In most cases, class action lawsuits result from violations or legal issues that affect a large group of people all at once. Some common employment class action claims include:
- Discrimination claims
- Harassment in the workplace
- Wage and hour disputes: these may involve overtime, minimum wage, and other issues
- Immigration issues, especially with regards to hiring undocumented workers
- Breaches of employment handbook policies
- Various white-collar crimes such as accounting fraud
In some cases, a class action claim may be preceded by an investigation from a government agency such as the EEOC (discrimination claims) or the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). These types of investigations may help to uncover evidence or other issues related to the claims.
What Types of Remedies Are Available in an Employment Class Action Lawsuit?
In most cases, a class action lawsuit will result in a monetary damages. These are intended to compensate the members of the class for losses caused by the violation. For instance, in a wage/hour dispute, the plaintiffs may be entitled to back wages in cases where they have been wrongfully denied wages.
Bear in mind that the larger the class of people in the lawsuit, the less each person will receive, as the damages award will be split between the members of the class. In other cases, a different remedy may be appropriate. These may include changes in employer practices; a re-writing of employment policies; changes in management, and other remedies. Some class action lawsuits may also involve mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Employment Class Action Lawsuits?
Employment class action lawsuits may be highly complex since they can often involve a number of legal issues and employment laws. You may wish to hire an employment lawyer in your area if you have any legal issues or questions related to a class action lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with advice, legal research, and assistance when filing a claim. Also, if you need to make any appearances in court, your lawyer can provide you with legal representation services during those times.
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Last Modified: 05-05-2015 11:15 AM PDT
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