Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling represents workers in class actions, which are a type of lawsuit in which one or several persons sue on behalf of a larger group of similar persons.
Class actions are generally used in employment cases when an employer has implemented an unlawful practice, rule, or policy that affects a large group of similar workers. Examples include where:
- A property management company refuses to pay overtime to its janitors although it requires them to work more than 40 hours per week.
- A large drugstore chain pays all female cashiers at an hourly rate that is 2$ less than the hourly rate it pays male cashiers performing the same work and with the same level of seniority.
- An employer misapplies a contract term in its standard employment contract used for all new hires each year.
- An employer has a policy against promoting Hispanic workers.
In these types of situations, a class-action lawsuit is often the most effective and efficient vehicle for vindicating workers’ rights.
Through class action litigation, employees can create company-wide changes to prevent future violations. Further, where a defendant’s wrongdoing affects many employees, a class action can provide an effective remedy for the group without incurring the costs of thousands of separate lawsuits or the risk of inconsistent court decisions. Class actions can make litigation cost-effective in situations where each affected employee has suffered only limited damages and the cost of individual lawsuits would be far greater than the value of each claim, but the total damages of the group are large.
Class action cases can be complex, and require particular skills and resources to prosecute successfully. Our class action attorneys have experience representing workers in litigating and resolving class actions both in Pennsylvania and other parts of the United States.
Please note that this summary of class actions is intended to give a basic overview, is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute specific legal advice. If you think you have a legal claim and many others are similarly affected, please call us for a consultation: (412) 338-1445.