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What exactly is a class action lawsuit?

You have heard of class action lawsuits in the newspaper and on television. They are usually discussed in the context of some more significant issue like wage and hour disputes against large companies. But many people who have heard about these lawsuits in passing do not fully understand what they are. Class action lawsuits are essential pieces of litigation, and they have major implications for workers in California and throughout the country.

Defining class action lawsuits

A class action lawsuit is a type of lawsuit that is filed by several people at the same time against the same defendant. Often, the lawsuit is presented by a few people on behalf of a much larger group of people. One typical example of class action lawsuits are suits that are filed by several employees against an employer that has violated labor laws. These employment class action lawsuits frequently indicate that an employer has been treating a much larger pool of employees, not just a few individuals who are filing suit, unfairly.

The outcome of class action lawsuits

Class action lawsuits can have several outcomes. Cases that involve unpaid wages may result in the employer paying back wages to the plaintiffs. In some instances, the court may order the employer to pay even more damages. Some class action lawsuits have awarded damages of several million dollars. There is one outcome that may have even bigger implications for employees: Some class action lawsuits result in the employer revising their workplace policies, treating their employees better and abiding by state and federal labor laws.

Employees experience labor violations at the hands of their employers do not have to suffer in silence. There are legal options available to hold the employer accountable for their actions and receive compensation for unpaid wages or other damages.

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