Sometimes in the course of investigating an employee’s wages and hours complaint or age discrimination claim, we find that many workers at the same company have similar stories. Whenever it appears that the violation of your workplace rights actually reflects a widespread or standard practice on the part of your employer, we’ll consider filing your claim as a class action lawsuit. If you have questions about class action litigation, or if you think that many people have the same workplace claim that you have, contact the Southern California class action attorneys at RGLawyers LLP in Los Angeles.
To qualify for class action certification, the plaintiff class members must have claims sufficiently similar to justify requiring the defendant to defend on a broader basis than just a single claim. Class members generally do not have to prove every detail of their claim in the same way that individual plaintiffs would. Instead, class members must prove that they were in substantially the same situation as one or more lead plaintiffs, suffered similar injuries or damages, and are entitled to share in a recovery meant to compensate all who qualify as class members.
Some workplace claims are more suitable for class action treatment than others. For example, an especially outrageous case of sexual harassment is probably going to reflect only one person’s experience, but where a large company’s reduction in force resulted in a disproportionate layoff of older workers, a class action suit for age discrimination might well be the proper approach.
Certain provisions of California law, such as the Private Attorneys General Act or the Unlawful Business Practices Act, allow for class action treatment of the claims covered by their terms, and may increase the recovery for all eligible class members.
For additional information about workplace class action litigation, contact the Southern California class action attorneys at RGLawyers LLP.
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