Class action lawsuits are typically filed in cases of large-scale, systemic neglect against a group of people; this can include a company knowingly releasing a defective or dangerous product, financial institutions with predatory lending policies and civil rights cases. In certain circumstances, a class action suit can be an effective way of forcing change on an employer engaging in abusive or discriminatory practices at either the formal or informal level.
If you’re considering filing any kind of legal action against your employer, speak with the team at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. first. Our class action lawyers will review your case and advise on whether or not a multi-plaintiff suit is the best way to proceed.
Why File a Class Action Suit?
There are a number of benefits to filing a class action suit as opposed to an individual (single-plaintiff) action. First, class action suits are less expensive to pursue, as legal costs are often shared between a number of parties. Secondly, there is power in numbers — the testimony of others who have had a similar experience may go a long way towards tilting the case in your favor. Class action lawsuits also give the defendant more incentive to settle, as they will be taking care of the matter quickly without the potential for ongoing legal action as more plaintiffs step forward.
Perhaps most importantly, however, class action employment lawsuits have a much better chance of effecting positive change at the organizational level. If your employer’s policies or culture is harming its employees, a class action suit can force them to take measures that will prevent this harmful behavior from repeating. Often, when a class action employment lawsuit receives a lot of media exposure, it can be a catalyst for improved working conditions industry-wide, or for legislative action at the state or federal level.
When to File a Class Action Suit
The best way to determine whether or not a case can be filed as a class action is to speak with a qualified lawyer. Class action employment suits are typically brought in cases where office culture encourages widespread sexual harassment, where equal pay or other labor laws are routinely violated or where employers engage in ongoing discrimination on the basis or race, age, sex, religion or disability status. To discuss the specifics of your case, contact McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. and arrange your free consultation today.
About McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C.
The class action lawyers at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. have over 40 years of combined experience arguing employment law cases both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania, our team can provide effective, aggressive representation in all types of employment-related issues. We are locally-focused and committed to protecting the rights and livelihoods of our friends and neighbors. If a class action suit is the best way to proceed, we will determine the steps necessary to move forward, including gathering evidence, identifying co-defendants and filing the necessary motions against your employer. Contact our office today to find out what we can do for you.