Employment Class Action Attorneys in Temecula
Helping California Workers Hold Their Employers Accountable
When employers engage in unlawful practices or patterns of behavior, their employees can suffer. If multiple employees suffer similar damages as a result of unfair wages, misclassification, harassment, or other unjust practices, those employees may collectively file a single lawsuit against the employer for damages. This is known as an employment class action lawsuit. A successful class action lawsuit against an employer will result in a monetary award, which will then be divvied up between the plaintiffs, or those who brought the class action.
If you believe you have grounds for a class action lawsuit against an employer, or if you wish to take part in a class action that is already ongoing, reach out to Law Office of Neda Aguirre, APC. Our award-winning employment class action attorneys in Temecula proudly defends the rights of California workers throughout the area.
Common Grounds for Employment Class Action Lawsuits
Unfortunately, many employers and corporations seek to take advantage of their employees. Some of the most common reasons workers bring class actions against their employers involve hour/wage law issues.
Common grounds for employment class action lawsuits in California include:
- Unpaid overtime
- Overtime paid at the incorrect rate
- Failure to pay minimum wage for all hours worked
- Failure to provide mandatory breaks for non-exempt workers
- Unpaid wages for missed meal/rest breaks
- Failure to pay wages in a timely manner
- Failure to provide a final paycheck upon termination
- Misclassification of employees, particularly related to the newly enacted AB-5 bill
- Violations of equal pay laws
- Systematic harassment and/or discrimination
- Retaliation against multiple employees
Note that this list does not represent all possible scenarios in which employees may bring a class action; any time an employer causes harm to multiple employees, those employees can take legal action.
When to Bring a Class Action Lawsuit Against an Employer
If you believe that you are the sole victim of an employer’s harassment, discrimination, or hour/wage violations, you can take seek compensation for your damages by bringing an individual lawsuit against your employer—and multiple employees may separately seek compensation for similar damages. However, in some cases, it may make more sense and be more cost-effective to bring a class action lawsuit.
It may be wise to bring a class action lawsuit as opposed to a single-plaintiff lawsuit against an employer if:
- Filing individual claims is impractical due to the number of affected individuals
- The circumstances of each claim are similar, including the damages suffered
- The class representative does not have a conflict of interest
- A class action will likely result in a faster, more affordable resolution to the conflict
For example, if your supervisor solicited you and only you for sexual favors in exchange for a promotion, it will make more sense for you to file an individual claim. However, if you believe your employer allowed a culture of pervasive harassment to exist in the workplace, and this harassment caused multiple employees to suffer missed promotions and other damages, it may be more effective for all those who were affected to bring a class action lawsuit against your employer.
The Law Office of Neda Aguirre, APC Can Help
Bringing a lawsuit against an employer can be intimidating in any respect. In class action lawsuits, there are certain procedures you will need to follow in order to ensure a better chance of a successful resolution. Whether you intend to be the class representative or simply wish to take part in a class action, it’s a good idea to work with a Temecula employment class action attorney who understands how this process works.
Our firm is prepared to put our extensive experience on your side. We offer free 30-minute consultations and provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Farsi. Reach out to us today to find out how we can help you with your employment law class action lawsuit today!
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