Class action cases are lawsuits that typically involve the rights and claims of a number of individuals who have been wronged in some way. All of those claims will be decided in one single case, and a few individuals will be named as “plaintiffs” who will actually be representing and asserting the claims of the whole class. That said, if you believe that you may be one of a number of employees who have been wronged by your employer, you are encouraged to contact Robert A. Klingler, Co., LPA right away.
What Makes a Case a “Class Action” Case?
There are a number different types of class action cases that can be brought, to include cases related to product liability and personal injury, securities, claims brought by consumers and employment. With regard to employment class actions, such lawsuits are generally brought on behalf of those who work for a company that has violated the law in some way, such as a Labor Code violation, a safety violation and/or routine or systematic workplace discrimination violations.
Class action suits are normally initiated by one or more individuals who believe that they (and others) have been harmed by the employer. When that occurs, harmed individual(s) will typically contact a skilled attorney who will then file a lawsuit on behalf of themselves and the entire class. At the right time, the attorney will motion to request that the court formally recognize the case as a class action case. If the motion is granted, the other individuals who were harmed will be notified of the suit and they will be given the chance to participate in the suit as a class member.
Generally speaking, a single person is enough to file a class action suit, as long as the attorney filing the case believes, in good faith, that other individuals have been harmed in a comparable way. Still, depending on the type of case, it might take 50 people, more or less, for a case to be qualified as a class action suit. If you have questions about your particular case and the likelihood of it being deemed a class action case, you can speak to one of the employment attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert A. Klingler, Co., LPA, in Cincinnati for more information.
What is the Benefit of a Class Action Case?
There are a variety of reasons for wanting to make a case a class action lawsuit. Sometimes, such cases are the only way to force big businesses that are breaking the law to change their ways when it comes to dealing with their employees fairly and justly. Some people bring class actions in an effort to recover compensation that was taken from them illegally. Regardless of the reason for bringing the suit, it is important that harmed employees understand that they, too, have rights that must be protected.
If you believe that you and others have been wronged by your employer and you would like to learn more about filing a class action lawsuit, contact Robert A. Klingler, Co., LPA, today.