Class actions are generally complex lawsuits that formalize the complaints of many individuals’ claims and allows them to seek damages together in one combined lawsuit. The benefit this provides the plaintiffs are it strengthens their case and allows them to share legal resources. It also helps people gain strength in numbers when taking on a much larger organization. Class action lawsuits can span across several legal specialties including consumer fraud, public policy violations, defective products, and employment law. It is critical that you enlist the help of a specialized Los Angeles class action lawyer to ensure you stand the best chances of winning your class action lawsuit.
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Who Does Mesriani Law Group’s Class Action Lawyers Represent?
Class actions lawsuits whose outcome is determined by employment law can be represented by a Mesriani Law Group class action lawyer. Our team has defended class action claims that involve:
- Wage & hour claims
- Minimum wage claims
- Denied / unpaid overtime
- Meals & breaks
- Vacation pay claims
- Expense reimbursement
- Employee misclassification
- Employment discrimination
- Illegal tip pooling / distribution
- Workplace harassment
- Sexual harassment
When an employer fails to pay an employee properly or violates employment laws in other ways, it is usually indicative of how business normally operates. This means that if someone is having their pay reduced or held, it is more than likely happening to several people. This is when a class action lawsuit makes sense.
When employment laws have been violated for a group of people, the class action lawyers at Mesriani Law Group will help build your case. The guidance we provide each plaintiff will help ensure that the case has the best chance of success. A larger organization will have trouble defending against multiple claims if the correct evidence has been collected. Therefore having an organized legal team to orchestrate what needs to be done is critical to the success of the lawsuit.
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What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
Class action lawsuits concentrate the power of multiple lawsuits and allows a victimized group of people with similar claims to seek damages against a common defendant. In the event of an employment class action lawsuit, it is usually a group of employees or ex-employees filing grievances for claims pertaining to wages, discrimination, or harassment.
Why Should I File a Class Action Lawsuit?
Filing a class action lawsuit is sometimes the best option to ensure that a company feels the legal and financial repercussions of illegal conduct. Class actions allow:
- Recovery of smaller amounts which would not make sense for an individual plaintiff given the trouble of seeking damages
- Pooled settlements and winnings which make the case much more appealing to legal counsel
- Combined resources / costs / expenses that that can be added to the claim and split amongst plaintiffs if won
- Increased focus and highlight on the actions of the defendant
- Systemic change that removes the ability to exploit, harass, or discriminate against employees
The Power of Class Action Lawsuits
The voices of individuals can get drowned out in a large organization when small injustices like unpaid wages and incidents of pervasive discrimination and harassment are sometimes overlooked. If you have been wronged at the workplace in a fashion that violates federal or state employment law, you may have an employment law claim. If you think you are one of several victims of an ongoing complaint that has continued after being brought to the attention of management, you may have enough to build a strong class action lawsuit. If a claim is brought by a large group with multiple plaintiffs, the likelihood that the violating party will be forced to take corrective actions to fix the problem is much stronger than if the complaint was brought by an individual.
How Does a Class Action Lawsuit Work?
Whenever several individuals have a similar grievance against a common employer, that group can be certified as a class. In the event of a class action lawsuit, the individual that would file a lawsuit would represent that entire class of people. The class size would have to meet the requirements of a class action lawsuit but if the group got certified as a class, the lawsuit moves forward with everyone in the class being given the opportunity to seek damages under one blanket lawsuit. There is the potential for individuals to opt out if they do not want to participate but they will sacrifice any chance they have at recovery. Once a lawsuit is filed, it will be important for your class action lawyers to outline how to move forward so you can maximize your chance of success while also protecting your rights.
Basic Requirements for a Class Action Certification
To qualify as a class, you need to be certified as directed under California and federal mandate. Once a class is certified, the chance of reaching settlement is much closer because the courts have determined that there was in fact a group impacted by egregious activity committed by the employer. However, if enough evidence does not exist to warrant class certification, then the case is most likely over before it began. The requirements to reach a class certification are:
- Numerosity: There must be enough people with similar grievances that it would be impractical to pursue them individually. There is usually enough once the count reaches 25 individuals.
- Commonality: The grievances need to share enough commonality so they can be represented together.
- Typicality: The grievances need to be typical of the claims presented by the group.
- Adequacy: The class action representative and lawyer will have to be able to represent the class fairly and adequately in court.
Are Class Actions Worth It?
The damages recovered in class actions are rarely significant amounts given the number of plaintiffs involved with a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits are not always about the monetary reward received at the individual level. Sometimes, holding a company accountable for their actions is just as important. Leveraging a class action lawsuit to have the worker’s voices heard when injustices are being committed is a great way to raise awareness and put the offending company in the spotlight. This helps inspire change at the corporate, and sometimes even at the legislative levels, which historically has improved how our culture navigates employment law. For example, see how the following cases may have significant impacts on how outcomes affect companies:
Contact Mesriani Law Group to Discuss Your Class Action Lawsuit
Class action lawsuits are extremely complicated and require an in depth understanding of the facts and the law. Mesriani Law Group’s class action lawyers are ready to help navigate the complex world of civil litigation. We understand how to prepare for these kinds of lawsuits and have been successful in getting our clients the maximum possible reward when facing off with companies much larger than them. Collectively, with the support of other plaintiffs, we have been able to repeat those successes time and time again. Call Mesriani Law Group if you and others like you have suffered at the hands of exploitative management or a hostile workplace.
Class Action Lawyer FAQs
What does a class action lawyer do?
Mesriani Law Group class action lawyers represent employment law cases which focus on wage and hour claims, back pay for overtime / meals / breaks / vacation / expenses, employee misclassification, employment discrimination, and workplace harassment. Our process the maximize the chance of success includes:
- Discovery: Involves collecting evidence and pretrial processes
- Class certification: Qualifies a group of plaintiffs as a class so they can proceed with class action litigation
- Negotiate settlement: Identify a solution that does not require a court hearing to resolve the offending action
- Go to trial: If no solution can be found, trail proceedings will be needed
Is it worth filing a class action lawsuit?
Filing a lawsuit for a small grievance individually doesn’t make sense due to the effort it takes to recover damages. That said, participating in a class action lawsuit is a good way to ensure that damages are recovered in those instances. They also force a company to address problems and take corrective actions when the case would not have gained any visibility if it were an individual lawsuit.
What are the 4 requirements for bringing a class action lawsuit?
To bring a class action lawsuit, the following 4 qualifications must be met:
- The class must be certified in a number that would otherwise be impractical to allow individual lawsuits.
- These grievances must be similar enough in nature
- The grievances must be typical of the claims of the class
- The representing plaintiff will protect the interest of the class