Goyette, Ruano & Thompson is one of only a few wage and hour law firms in California experienced in class action litigation and representing the employees or plaintiffs in these actions.
Due to the large scale and complicated nature of class action litigation, potential actions for groups or ‘classes’ of both and unionized public employees have to be carefully evaluated to determine if the cases are viable and can succeed. The firm’s litigation lawyers are specialists at thorough evaluations of such disputes, which may be treated as class actions. Due to the large scale and complicated nature of class action litigation, potential actions for groups or ‘classes’ of both private sector employees and unionized public employees have to be carefully evaluated to determine if the cases are viable and can succeed. The firm’s class action attorneys in Sacramento are specialists at thorough evaluations of such disputes, which may be treated as class actions.
What is a Class Action Lawsuit? When to File One
A class action lawsuit can be filed by one or more claimants in case of a claim that pertains to a common violation or liability and one that affects a large group of people. These lawsuits typically pertain to both employment and consumer protection.
Situations That Warrant a Class Action Lawsuit
There are vast number of legitimate reasons for filing class action lawsuits, some of which include the failure to pay minimum wage, no overtime pay, failure to provide breaks, wrongful termination, or even the failure to provide time off. The truth is these don’t even begin to skim the surface of the diverse domains of class action lawsuits. There are others pertaining to injuries at workplace, uniform code, reimbursement for travel expenses or mileage, discrimination on account of race, gender, or age, and many, many more.
Based on the diverse reasons, some of the primary types of class-action lawsuits include illegal wage deductions, unpaid overtime, missed meal or rest breaks, unpaid expense reimbursement, salary misclassification, and unpaid commissions.
In cases of consumer protection, the reasons include misleading or false advertising, data breaches, injuries, and other relevant matters.
How to Start a Class Action Lawsuit in California?
As vast as the number of reasons for filing a class action is the expertise required to get a ruling in your favor. Class action litigation requires years of work, and an experienced legal team can not only tackle the challenges that lie ahead but will also do their due diligence to thoroughly investigate the situation. More importantly, they are equipped with the knowledge and insight required to protect employees’ rights. Therefore, it’s essential to file a class action lawsuit with the help of a legal team that possesses both the expertise and experience.
In terms of the process, the first step is for the plaintiff to initiate and file a lawsuit in California and then move for certification as a class. The court would then evaluate the eligibility for certification and whether or not the claims should be tried.
Why Choose Goyette, Ruano & Thompson?
Goyette, Ruano & Thompson wage and hour lawyers – the best class action lawyers in Sacramento – have successfully litigated class actions for groups of both private sector employees and unionized public employees. In the private sector, the firm’s wage and hour lawyers have successfully undertaken traditional class actions in which the class must be certified for groups of misclassified as ‘white collar’ exempt employees to recover overtime pay owed as well as for groups of ‘blue collar’ hourly employees to recover prevailing wages and overtime pay owed.
For public employees, the firm’s litigation lawyers are well versed in the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the federal wage law applicable to public employees. Class Actions or ‘collective actions’ under the FLSA are unique since, unlike traditional state wage law class actions or other traditional federal law class actions, FLSA based actions require each potential class member to affirmatively join or “opt-in” to the lawsuit. This opt-in requirement creates a multitude of other issues and potential complications. Goyette, Ruano & Thompson’s class action lawyers in Sacramento are experienced at handling these FLSA class actions and have handled and continued to handle large FLSA based class actions seeking overtime pay for large groups of public employees.
If you believe you may have a wage and hour claim which is the same or similar to your co-workers or to other employees of the same employer, and are asking yourself, “Do I qualify for a class action suit?” or “how to file a class action lawsuit?” contact the class action litigation attorneys at Goyette, Ruano & Thompson for a free evaluation of your potential class action claims.