There are employment or consumer claims the value of which may be small to justify an individual lawsuit. However, if the wrongful conduct harms many other persons, a class action may be a way for them to seek remedies.
What Is a Class Action? It is a lawsuit by one person or a group of persons (called the class representative) on behalf of themselves and all other persons who have the same injuries or claims. A claim for overtime pay by one employee, for example, may be made, not only for that employee, but for all other employees who may have the same claims.
A class action provides an inexpensive way to resolve modest claims that affect several persons. Clients do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses and the costs of the litigation are advanced by the attorneys.
In class actions, a class representative will sue on behalf of everyone affected without need for them to be named in the complaint. This is especially important in a claim for back wages because it minimizes the risk of employer retaliation against other employees.
A class action is a potent weapon available to employees and consumers that allows them to challenge widespread violations, and to be compensated for valid claims. A class action sends the message that violation of laws can be expensive to the violator, and thus, deter future misconduct.
Do you have an injury or claim that may be small but similarly affects other persons? Contact us today to see how we can help you!