About Class Actions
What is a class action?
A class action allows one person to sue as a plaintiff on behalf of all persons who experienced the same legal wrong. Employees often bring class actions against their employers for the employer’s failure to pay wages owed to the employees, for the failure to reimburse expenses owed and for the failure to compensate employees for the maintenance of uniforms and other issues that impact a group of employees.
What are the benefits of a class action?
A class action allows many people who are similarly situated and whose injuries when added together are significant, but which, individually, are not enough to justify the expense of bringing of individual lawsuits to prosecute a single action against a defendant. Class actions are also beneficial to the judicial system by allowing similar claims of hundreds or thousands of individuals to be handled in one action.
When can a class action be brought?
Generally, a class action is proper only when the issues common to all of the class outweigh those issues that are unique to individual class members. While the attorneys make a preliminary determination as to the merits of the action, the court ultimately determines whether the action should proceed as a class action.