Experience, Results, Dedication
When you have found yourself in a situation where you believe you may have a case against an employer, it is important that you hire a law firm that has experience handling these types of cases. At the Law Firm of James Hawkins APLC, we have more than 25 years of experience handling employment and labor law cases.
When filing a class action lawsuit, having representation from a law firm that has a proven record of results is one of the best ways to set up your suit for success. The Law Firm of James Hawkins APLC has gotten results for many clients in many suits that ranged from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Law Firm of James Hawkins APLC is dedicated to helping workers. As strong advocates for employee rights, we believe that employers must treat their employees fairly and legally. We specialize in labor and employment law in order to help people get the justice that is owed to them.
What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit is a lawsuit that is filed by one or more people on behalf of a group of people. A class action allows the court system to better manage suits filed by people who are alleging the same kind of mistreatment or damage by the same person or entity. For class action lawsuits that involve labor and employment laws, there are many different complaints that can form the basis of a class action lawsuit, including discrimination against protected persons. This discrimination or wrongdoing may mean that certain people are paid less than others based on their gender, or it could mean that an entire group of workers are not paid the overtime pay that is owed to them by law. If you think that you need representation for a class action lawsuit against an employer, contact the Law Firm of James Hawkins APLC in Irvine for a free consultation today.
What Can a Class Action Suit Be Filed For?
There are many reasons that an employee can file a lawsuit on behalf of themselves and coworkers against their employer, including:
Discrimination, including pay discrimination. If you, and others, are being paid less than others who are doing the same job because of your gender, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or pregnancy, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Harassment. Employers are required to create an environment where employees are not harassed based on any of the protected classes listed above.
Wrongful termination. There are many possible causes of wrongful termination.
Overtime. When you and other employees are misclassified so your employer doesn’t have to pay overtime, or they are not paying the overtime owed, there may be an opportunity for a suit.
Minimum wage violations. Employers are expected to follow the laws regarding minimum wage. If they don’t, they may face lawsuits.
Meals and rest break violations. By law, you are owed certain breaks. If these are not provided to you, a class action lawsuit could help get these policies changed and repay any damages.
Holiday and sick leave violations. If your employer has failed to provide or pay for holiday or sick leave, there may be cause for a suit on behalf of you and others.
Business expenses. Your employer is responsible for ensuring that they provide you with everything you need to do your job. Your employer could face a lawsuit if they have made you pay for supplies out of your pocket and not reimbursed you.
If you believe that yourself and other employees at your workplace have been mistreated in any of these ways, contact the Law Firm of James Hawkins APLC today to get a consultation scheduled.
How Do You File a Class Action Lawsuit?
Trying to find a lawyer with the experience and dedication necessary to handle a class action lawsuit can be very difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Over the last 25 years, we have learned that three of the most important factors for filing a lawsuit are experience, organization, and resources.
Filing a class action lawsuit is incredibly difficult if an attorney has never been involved with this kind of suit. The number of plaintiffs and the complexity of the legal requirements means that an experienced law firm will have a leg up over a firm without experience with these types of suits. That is why the Law Firm of James Hawkins APLC is such a great choice. For more than a quarter of a century, we have been working with plaintiffs on class action lawsuits. We understand the ins and outs of the court system and we know how to ensure that we are presenting the best possible case.
Our attorneys will take the time to gather all of the information needed to file the suit, get it through the class certification process, and take it to trial. Our dedication to your rights is unwavering.
Contact us now to set up a free consultation.
What is the Class Certification Process?
After the attorney representing the class has filed the suit, the court will take the steps necessary to certify the class. Class certification proves that:
The plaintiff or plaintiffs who are representing the larger group have to have been affected in the same way as the others in the suit
The definition of exactly who is a member of the class and who isn’t is extremely clear
The number class members means that it would be impractical for the courts to hear many individual suits alleging the same complaint
The attorneys at the Law Firm of James Hawkins APLC will guide the suit from the initial phases all the way through to trial. We have resolved cases for hundreds of millions of dollars, which means that we understand exactly how to navigate the many complicated processes that make up a class action lawsuit.