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What Are the Common Types of Class Action Lawsuits?
If you are the victim of workplace abuse (such as unpaid wages, discrimination, or harassment), you may not be the only victim. It is important that you speak to a trained class action lawyer to determine if your case might be suitable for a class action. For example, a lot of the following types of claims can be brought as class actions:
- Unpaid wages or overtime wages
- Meal break and rest break violations
- Unlawful deductions from wages
- Expense reimbursement (cell phones, gas, mileage, or other expenses that are not reimbursed)
- Unpaid commission wages
- Equal pay act claims (gender inequality)
Hiring a Class Action Lawyer
Our office has been representing California employees in class action cases throughout the entire state. Along with co-counsel, we have successfully and collectively represented over a hundred thousand employees in our class action cases and have recovered almost $50 million dollars for victims of workplace abuse through class action lawsuits.
If you believe that you are a victim of workplace abuse, and want to speak to a class action lawyer, we offer a free confidential consultation. The lawyers at our office regularly handle class action cases across the entire state of California. Reach out now for a free confidential consultation and to learn more about class action cases.
The California class action employment lawyers of Bisnar Chase are dedicated to helping employees who have been treated poorly in the workplace.
At Bisnar Chase we have a wealth of experience when it comes to protecting the rights of workers in California. Our law firm has developed a 99% success rate and has collected more than $750 million for our clients over 45 years in business.
What is a Class Action Employment Lawsuit?
Labor law attorneys define class action claims in employment law as a single lawsuit, brought forward by a group of employees, against a single party – often their employer.
The group of plaintiffs bringing the lawsuit is known as a “class”. They will all be people with similar complaints against the defendant.
If the negative actions of an employer have similarly affected a large group of employees, a class action employment lawyer may be able to help. By bringing a class action suit rather than a series of individual cases, it can strengthen the claim of the plaintiffs.
The first major class action suit was the “Pitney Bowes” case in the 1970s where women were suing their employer for paying them less than men. The company had two ways of calculating salaries, one for men and one for women. The women were being paid less than men even when they had the same job title and experience level as male employees.
In 1983, “Dukes v Wal-Mart Stores” was filed by Betty Dukes and other female employees who claimed that Wal-Mart discriminated against female employees in pay and promotions.
The plaintiffs in this case argued that Wal-Mart’s policies created an environment where female workers were systematically underpaid relative to their male counterparts, resulting in higher turnover rates among women and lower rates of pay increases over time.
The Process of a Class Action Employment Lawsuit
When a class action lawsuit is filed amongst employees then as one of the employees you will receive a notice. Experts say to follow the instructions of the notice and then provide the documentation to your California class action employment lawyer.
Your labor law attorney and their team of legal experts will begin the process of collecting discovery. Discovery is not only the act of collecting facts of the case but also the exchange of those facts between both legal teams for the plaintiff and defendant.
After discovery, the case must have a class certification. This means that a great number of consistencies have been proven amongst all the plaintiffs in relation to the defendant’s wrongdoings. A motion is then made to bring the issue to the courts.
As an employee, sometimes it feels like the employer has all the power and that there is nothing you can do when the employer is unfairly treating you. However, this is not the case. With a skilled and experienced employment attorney at your side, you can be compensated for any wages, breaks, meals that were wrongfully withheld from you by your employer. Also, if your employer treated you unfairly and wrongfully terminated you, we can help. You do not have to face this type of mistreatment alone, we can help you. Large or small, if the employer has mistreated you, I am not afraid to help you stand up to them and make them pay. Don’t take the abuse sitting down, stand up and fight, I have your back.
He fought for our rights when no one wanted to help us
My husband and I worked full time for many years as contractors for a medical center. In recent times, the owner of the business started playing games with us by paying late and then eventually not paying at all to force us out of the job due to our age (we are 63 and 65). We were heart broken, and distressed, left with no options but to quit. We tried finding an attorney that could at least help us get the money that they owed us, not even considering any other monetary recovery. Every attorney we saw was not interested to take our case without paying them upfront… that’s until we found Mr. Richard Kim. Not only did he take our case with no upfront cost, he said that he will fight for our every right… many that have been violated over the years. After our thorough consultation, he identified the following:
- We were never supposed to be contractors, but full time employees.
- We were underpaid for overtime for 8 years!
- We were forcefully let go due to our age.
- We are entitled to workers compensation because of the stress caused from our job
- And much more technical stuff that I have hard time recalling now
He took the case, gave us updates on EVERY step of the process, fought vigorously to prove all of the above points, and only after 12 months secured a huge settlement for us that will help us with our untimely retirement.
From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank him for fighting for us… we feel that true justice has been served. If you are considering hiring Richard as your employment attorney, we can vouch that you will be getting the BEST possible representative for your situation.
Richard is an honest, hard-working attorney who generally cares about his clients. He walked me through the entire process and promptly returned my calls and answered any questions that I had about my case.
Thank you Mr. Kim
Mr. Kim is very knowledgeable and was always available to talk to me on the phone to explain what is exactly going on with my case. Thank you!
A fantastic attorney
Fortunately, I sought the legal advice of Richard Kim. He clearly explained my options going forward regarding my case.
I highly recommend this attorney for all your needs. As evidenced by my experience with him, he is very knowledgeable regarding the issues and will work his hardest to get you the best possible outcome.
Excellent attorney, Thank you Richard
Mr. Kim handled my case, he was very professional promptly returning my calls and emails. I would highly recommend this lawyer.
Fantastic Attorney very helpful
Richard and his staff were there to help me through the entire process from beginning to end. Any time I wanted to talk to Richard he would take my call or return my calls within 24 hours. I had another lawyer for an accident I had 5 years ago and I never got to speak with the attorney after the initial consultation and only spoke with assistants who were not helpful and who would not keep me updated on my case. Richard and his staff would give me consistent updates and moved my case along quickly.
Richard was able to handle my case from the beginning to end. He made sure I went to the right doctors to get my injuries treated. When it came to negotiate with the insurance company Richard was able to get me a great settlement.
When Richard took on my case I don’t think he knew what he was getting into. LOL. I had a very complex case. He immediately got one of my felonies reduced without any issues. My second one would not come off. Richard went the extra mile that I was not expecting. He suggested that we go for a Governors Pardon. after researching this, my hopes where not high, but he assured me that we had a great case. (really old case). We went in front of the judge with what Richard prepared and we got granted the Pardon. This is something that does not happen often or automatic. I can’t thank him enough for restoring my rights and finally putting some closure on a dark youthful past. My wife also is very thankful. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone.
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