Employment claims often lend themselves to class-action representation because many employees have likely been affected by illegal practices or unjust company policies. Typical employment class actions include instances of unpaid commissions, overtime disputes, employee misclassification, and discrimination in the workplace. Whether you have been the victim of wrongful termination or have not received proper wages, it is important to have an experienced legal professional on your side with a track record of protecting the rights of clients and always looking after their best interests.
My name is Matthew A. Kaufman and I am a Los Angeles employment class action attorney. Since 1993, The Kaufman Law Firm has recovered over $50 million on behalf of California employees in more than 100 class-action lawsuits. My experience includes representing class action members before state and federal courts, as well as serving as lead counsel on a number of high-profile cases. With offices in Westlake Village and Los Angeles, I accept cases throughout Southern California.
It can be confusing to understand when an employment law case rises to the level of something that should be considered a “class action.” To be clear, not every employment law case brought to court will rise to the level of a class action claim. In fact, most employment law cases will not reach this level. Class actions revolve around lawsuits brought by a smaller group of people on behalf of a much larger group. In other words, there has to be a significant number of individuals affected by the same type of claim.
At The Kaufman Law Firm, our team has extensive experience handling complex employment law cases, including those that rise to the level of class actions. We know that employees across California and this country are protected by both state and federal laws. An employer’s failure to adhere to these laws can have detrimental consequences. Most class action claims revolve around disputes over:
This Is certainly not an all-inclusive list of the types of employer actions that can rise to the level of class action issues. If you think that you have an employment law or class action claim, please speak to one of our Los Angeles employment law class action attorneys as soon as possible.
Both state and federal courts have begun scrutinizing new class actions more closely to avoid unnecessary lawsuits. As such, it is more important than ever to consult with a lawyer who has demonstrated experience handling class-action lawsuits. Some of my notable victories include the following:
This case received significant attention from the media for its precedent-setting recovery on behalf of managers who had been wrongly classified as exempt employees, even though they spent half of their work time engaged in nonexempt activities like sales and production. I acted as lead counsel on this case.
Read more about some of my other successful class-action work.
One of the first steps towards starting a successful class action is to receive “class certification.” In order to fulfill this first requirement for a class-action lawsuit, a plaintiff has to demonstrate that the proposed “class” is significant and measurable. The court will examine the estimated size of the class (which would be any person affected by the same issue as the plaintiff). The court will also look at whether the joinder of all members would be impractical. The employee has to demonstrate:
In order to obtain classification, the plaintiff has to establish that treating the claim as a class action will be superior to every member bringing individual litigation against the employer. In working to determine whether or not to certify a lawsuit, the courts in California are typically guided by federal standards. If the courts determine that the class is eligible for certification, the parties will be allowed to proceed with the case. In the event the court decides against certifying a class, the plaintiff cannot move forward with the claim, though they will be allowed one appeal of the denial.
If you have experienced racial discrimination, wage and hour injustices, or other employment-related problems, chances are you are not alone. I can help you determine whether your best interests would be served by joining a class-action lawsuit or filing an individual claim. Seeking representation from a qualified Los Angeles employment class actions attorney is the best way to fight back against unethical employers and recover the wages and compensation you rightly deserve.
Class action lawsuits can often get complicated. When there is significant money at stake, choosing the right Los Angeles class action attorney can often make the difference between recovering the wages and compensation you deserve or coming up empty-handed. From the time a client visits our Los Angeles law office for the first time, my legal team and I will take the time to address all of your questions and concerns about employment law. For qualified class-action representation in Southern California, individuals and other lawyers have turned to The Kaufman Law Firm. Contact our Los Angeles law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.
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Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.