Class Action Employment Law: Strength in Numbers

California Class action

Over $250 Million Awarded to Clients of United Employees Law Group

We are proud to help the clients we serve. Many of our best awards have come from CLASS ACTIONS. So, what is class action?

Have you ever received a notice in the mail, telling you, due to your involvement with some company, you may be included as part of a class action case currently being brought to court? Have you ever responded to one of these notices? If so, you likely received a hefty package of paperwork to fill out and upon returning it, some time later you got a measly little check in the mail as your portion for being named a “member” in the class action.

A lot of paperwork for not a lot of money, right?

NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT UELG RESULTS!
Our class action cases tend to pay out better for two reasons.

FIRST: The Awards! Our clients who are named as class representative are entitled to, in most cases, an enhancement award on top of their interest as a member of the class. These incentives have been as high as $30,000 as an award for acting as the Class Representative, but the amount varies greatly. Such incentive awards must be approved by the court, but are fairly standard.

SECOND: Simply put, Employment Class Cases Usually Pay more. In comparison to most other areas of class actions filed, employment cases typically have higher payouts to members of the class. This is largely due to the fact that we can go a full four years back in time from the date we file. In addition, CA law stipulates specific penalties and interest can be added to labor cases. These items can add up quickly.

We have been very successful in other areas of class action law as well:

UELG worked with other national firms, filing a huge consumer negligence case naming AT&T. This case, pertaining to internet taxation, resulted in awards of $1 Billion to current and previous AT&T customers, easily making it one of the largest cases of this kind in US history. 

Why should I bother with a class action case?

Consider this, is it easier to deal with one complaint or a hundred?

Class action, or representative action suits, bring the case of a group of wronged employees to court; people like you within your organization who have all been victims of similar mistreatment.

There are Three Important Things to Know About California Class Actions.

ONE. California courts make it easier than many other states by allowing us to begin a class action with only one plaintiff to start.

TWO: While it is assumed that there will be multiple plaintiffs, you don’t have to come to us with a list of other people to get the case started.

THREE: Your Time is valuable, we try to keep it as streamlined as possible. Aside from getting us any documentation of the incident(s) you have, you may participate in a question and answer session called a deposition. We will likely need to speak with you from time to time via email or phone, but normally not much else is required.  WE WILL DO MOST OF THE WORK!  Please know though, that your commitment is necessary and a desire to see the case through.

IS IT WORTH IT?

Think of it this way: who is more likely to be believed, the single plaintiff with nothing but their word, or 100 employees with the same complaint against an employer who has a clear problem, violating the same laws over and over? Oftentimes, you may see a better payout as part of a class than you would have on your own, but ask us to be sure.  Employers have a tendency to try to get out of paying if it is only one complaint. If there are many plaintiffs they know they have a much weaker case and are more likely to settle the case rather than fight it. One of the first things our firm does, when we take your case is to determine if you will be BEST SERVED as an individual or as part of a class action suit. If it is clear that you are dealing with an institution of wrongdoing, you could be poised to help a lot of other people too.

Any Class Action Lawsuit has to pass the “CANT” test:

  1. Commonality—At least one of the complaints must be common to all members of the class.
  2. Adequacy—All plaintiffs must be best served by joining the suit rather than filing their own case.
  3. Numerosity—The number of plaintiffs is so great it means that filing individual cases with the same complaint would be burdensome to the court.
  4. Typicality—That the complaint made or the defense given is of typical nature for the Plaintiffs or Defendants.

The sad truth is, there will always be people and companies willing to try and get away with things that are not legal. If you find yourself in one of these situations UELG is here to help you protect your rights and those of your fellow employees.

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