Class Action Lawsuits Benefit Workers
Workers have Class Action Rights
A class action lawsuit is a form of civil litigation where workers with similar grievances can join together and file one lawsuit instead of filing many separate lawsuits. So, suppose that Maria is a worker, and her employer has shorted her wages $100. It turns out that the same thing happened to John. With class action litigation, Maria can bring a lawsuit and “invite” John to join the case, and both Wage and Hour claims can be prosecuted in the same lawsuit. Indeed, there may be dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of workers in the same situation. All of them can be joined in the class of claimants seeking vindication of their rights.
Class action litigation is legally complex, so workers need to hire smart and experienced Wage and Hour Class Action Litigators. If you think you have a wage and hour claim that might include other workers in the same situation, call us here at Herrmann Law. We can evaluate your case and offer legal guidance. We are driven and experienced Employee Rights Lawyers and Wage & Hour Class Action Litigators. Call us at (817) 479-9229. We offer legal representation for employees and punish employer rights violations all across the country.
As one might imagine, employers hate class action litigation. Many employers are enraged when workers engage in this type of collective action. Many employers want docile and obedient workers who will not cause trouble. As such, lots of employers require workers to sign employment contracts where the workers — in the contract — waive their right to file a class action lawsuit. Often, such attempts to prevent workers from filing or joining a class action lawsuit are joined with a requirement that workers engage in arbitration. That is another way in which employers try to oppress workers. This is what happened in the Oakely case, and the Washington State court put a stop to it. In Washington State, these types of class action waivers are now unlawful and will not be enforced.
Washington State Voids Class Action Waivers for Wage and Hour Claims
In Oakley, a Washington Court of Appeals panel has struck down class action waivers in most wage and hour litigation. See Oakley v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, Case No. 82659-0-I (Wash. Court of Appeals, August 15, 2022). The court made its decision, in part, because the court recognized the rights of workers to take collective action to protect their rights as workers. For example, generally, workers have the right to form unions to engage in collective action bargaining with their employer over wages and working conditions. For the Washington State Court of Appeals, class action litigation serves the same purposes as unionization — workers are able to engage in collective action to protect their rights vis a vis their employers.
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For more information, call the Employee Rights attorneys at Herrmann Law. If you think that your employer has violated your rights as an employee, call us. We are proven, experienced, employee-focused attorneys representing workers across the United States in all types of workplace disputes. Use our Online Contact page or call us at (817) 479-9229. We are more than just a law firm for employees – we are an employee’s fiercest advocate, equipping employees with the legal representation needed to achieve the best result possible.