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Understanding class action lawsuits for wage violations

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2019 | Employment Law

If you believe that you have been underpaid by your employer, you may feel that you are in a David and Goliath situation, where you feel powerless to stand up to your employer. You may feel that it is not worth the financial investment and stress to take legal action against your employer for a relatively small amount of money.

However, if you have been underpaid by your employer, it is possible that many other employees in your company have suffered the same type of mistreatment. This is where class action lawsuits become powerful tools.

What is a class action lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit is a legal situation in which many plaintiffs come together to file a claim against a single entity. For example, if an employer did not pay overtime to dozens or even hundreds of people, they may be able to join together to make a joint claim for damages. These class action lawsuits can result in settlements of millions of dollars. The settlements are then shared between the affected employees.

Can I create my own class action lawsuit?

If you have reason to believe that many employees have been affected by the same violation, you may be able to take collective action against your employer. The most common way to do this is by taking action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

If you want to get justice for unpaid overtime or unpaid wages, it is important that you understand the intricacies of California wage and hour law. You should also make sure that you take the appropriate action that relates to your situation.

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