California Employment Class Action

California Class action

There is Strength in Numbers

UELG Clients Have Been Awarded Over $250 Million Due to Class Action Cases Filed By Our Team.

What makes a class action case?
Most of us have received those notices in the mail informing you of a class action lawsuit you may be part of, due to some issue or another, in an unknown land. If you respond, you may receive a large packet to fill out. Upon completing and mailing the paperwork you may receive a tiny check someday, informing you that you were in fact awarded money as part of a class action.

Not exactly life changing, huh? BUT, TAKE A LOOK AT OUR RESULTS!

The class action cases we have filed usually have higher payouts for two reasons:

FIRST: Awards! When you hire UELG as your attorney to open a class action, you are usually named as the class representative. In most cases this entitles you to an enhancement or incentive award in addition to interest in the case as a member of the class if it settles. YOU COULD BE AWARDED UP TO $30,000 IN EHANCEMENT AWARDS, AS THE NAMED CLASS REPRESENTATIVE (dollar amounts are subject to court approval and will vary based on settlement).

SECOND: Class Actions for Employment Typically Mean Higher Awards. Compared with other areas of class action lawsuits, employment cases tend to pay more for employees with grievances. This is due to the fact that there are compounding monetary issues such as wages and penalties, as well as the fact that California law allows us to collect damages going back a full four years.

Our class action suits cover other areas as well:
UELG, in cooperation with other firms nationwide, has filed a consumer complaint against AT&T for violations regarding internet taxation. AT&T customers have been awarded $1 Billion dollars. One of the largest cases of this kind in U.S. history.

It is Easier to Ignore One Small Voice Than the Roar of Many.
Also known as representative actions, a class action case is brought to court in the event that a larger group of employees has been wronged by the same unlawful practices of co-workers or their employer. In some cases you use individuals to represent a larger group (a representative plaintiff as mentioned above.) Based on the specific violations, these cases may fall under either California or Federal law.

3 Things You Should Know When Considering a Class Action.

  1.  It only takes a single plaintiff. California courts make it easier to bring a class action than some states requiring only ONE PLAINTIFF (complaining party) to open a case.
  2. Multiple Plaintiff Cases. Multiple complainants are not required in the state of California, but can be added to strengthen the case.
  3. Time Frame. After providing your documentation and participating in depositions (a question and answer session relating to the case) when needed, you will need to be available for the occasional phone call and communications. The requirements on you will be minimal. My team will do most of the work!

Why Should I File a Class Action Case?
Sometimes a wage and hour violation, harassment, discrimination or wrongful termination case for one person can be more difficult to prove.When we combine a larger group of workers from one company who have all experienced the same rights violations, we can build a much stronger case. In some cases, a class action will mean a higher settlement in the end as well. In addition companies are more likely to fight individual cases harder given the fact that they have much less to lose and may not want to allow a precedent to be set for other individual cases.

Cases must pass the “CANT” test to be eligible for Class Action

  1. Commonality—one or more of violation claims must be common to all complainants (i.e. all female line workers who were denied proper breaks and overtime pay.)
  2. Adequacy—the representative parties must adequately protect the interests of all class complainants (all involved will be best served by being part of the class action).
  3. Numerosity—the complaining group must have enough separate claims at filing that individual suits would be cumbersome and impractical.
  4. Typicality—the wrongdoing and or defenses are “typical” of the defendants and or plaintiffs.

One of our first moves as your employment attorney is to determine whether you are best served on your own or in a class action against your violating employer.

The sad truth is there will always be companies that put saving a dollar above doing what’s right by their employees. That’s why I built United Employees Law Group, to fight for people like you!

 

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