Class Actions 2018-06-09T11:13:17+00:00

Class Actions

P.K. Schrieffer LLP handles the defense of class action lawsuits, including areas such as wage and hour/ employment/ discrimination, products liability and storage facilities.

Wage and Hour Individual and Class Action Lawyer

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 80 percent of employers are not in compliance with applicable wage and hour laws. As an employee in California, you have the right to sue your employer if you have experienced any withholding of wages, have been forced to miss your meal or other breaks, or if you have been deprived of compensation for work expenses.

If your employer has violated your rights under the California Labor Code and Wage Orders and Fair Labor Standards Act, you have the right to pursue litigation. If you feel this applies to you, contact P.K. Schrieffer LLP so that we can evaluate your case and help you file a lawsuit against your employer.

The experienced attorneys at P.K. Schrieffer LLP are dedicated to fighting for the rights of California’s employees to ensure that all employers are in compliance with California’s labor laws.

We represent clients and members of class action lawsuits where employers have violated a federal employment or labor law, or a state employment or labor law. These have been in the form of missed meal breaks and rest breaks, unpaid overtime,unpaid wages, unlawful pay deductions, failure for reimbursement of required uniform and/or uniform maintenance, failure to receive proper wage earning documentation, mileage, tools, and many other California wage violations.

California Employment Wage and Hour Laws

In the state of California, the employer is responsible for making sure that all employees get their rest breaks and meal breaks, that they are paid for overtime, and that they are reimbursed for uniforms, tools, mileage, etc.

The wage and hour attorneys at P.K. Schrieffer LLP represent clients in the following violations:

  • Overtime and Doubletime
    • In the state of California, all employers are required to abide by state and federal employment laws by paying employees who have worked beyond the 8 hour workday or 40 hour work week, in overtime pay or double time pay. If you are not paid for your overtime hours, your employer may be violating California laws.
  • Rest breaks
    • For every four hours worked, the employee is entitled to a ten–minute rest period.
  • Meal breaks
    • California employment law states that non–exempt employees who work for more than five hours are entitled to a thirty–minute uninterrupted lunch break.
  • Paycheck stub violations
  • Reimbursement for mileage, tools, uniforms, uniform maintenance allowance, etc.
  • Waiting time penalties
  • Managers,supervisors misclassified as exempt employees
  • Off the clock work without compensation
  • Unpaid in–store commissions

Class Action

The majority of employees in California are misinformed and uneducated about their state and federal employment rights, and their rights are violated without them knowing. If one employee has suffered violations in the workplace, it is likely that other employees have endured similar occurrences.

If you suspect your employer is in violation of California employment and labor laws and has violated the rights of other employees, you might be able to file a class action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is when an individual employee files a complaint against an employer on behalf of other similarly treated employees. The California wage and hour attorneys at P.K. Schrieffer LLP can help you file a class action lawsuit against your employer, and help you recover damages.

California WARN Act Violation vs. Federal WARN Act

The California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (California WARN Act) provides greater protection than the Federal WARN Act, to protect California employees from mass layoffs.

In addition to your Federal WARN Act rights, the California rules cover the following:

  • Employers with 75 or more employees in the past 12 months, which is lower than the federal mandate of 100 employees
  • Part–time employees who are part of the 75–employee count, provided they have worked more than six months in the past year
  • No requirements for one–third of the workforce or a period of six months or more for a layoff, as long as 50 or more employees are let go
  • Employees retain their rights in a company buyout

The wage and hour attorneys at P.K. Schrieffer LLP can assist with filing WARN claims and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Employers

Even though it may sound like the odds are stacked against you, we have protected several employers from unfounded class action lawsuit claims. If you are facing a lawsuit, everything that we have done for employees, we’ve also done for employers. You have no need to fear, P.K. Schrieffer LLP’s attorneys are experienced at handling class action lawsuits defense cases as well.