October 30, 2018

Different Types of Class Action Cases

Class Action

In a class action lawsuit, many people with the same or similar problem join together to sue the same company. This lets people get justice when they have claims for relatively small amounts of money. Because of the low dollar amounts, it might not be worth the time and money for people to bring lawsuits all by themselves. By coming together with a large group of other individuals in a class action, it’s much easier for ordinary people to take on a large company.

There are several types of class action cases. Here are some common ones:

Illegal Employment Practices

When employers break the law, workers can join together to pursue a class action lawsuit against the company. Some of the common ways that employers act illegally are:

  • Not paying the minimum wage
  • Not paying overtime
  • Performing unlawful background checks on employees and job applicants
  • Discriminating in hiring or promotion because of race, sex, age, national origin, disability, or religion

Fraud or Deceptive Business Practices

When businesses cheat customers, a class action lawsuit can make things right again. There are unfortunately many ways that companies can act deceptively or engage in fraud. Some of these are —

  • False advertising
  • Product labels that are false or deceptive
  • Hidden fees
  • Deceptive product warranties

Defective Products

The law says that manufacturers have a legal duty to make products that are safe. If a product is dangerous because of a design flaw or a manufacturing defect, then a class action lawsuit can be a good option, especially when many consumers have bought the product. Class action lawsuits have been filed for many types of defective products, including —

  • Dangerous defects in cars and other vehicles
  • Defective medical devices, including heart valves, hip implants, and breast implants
  • Packaged food that has been contaminated
  • Dangerous defects in common household items, including furniture and appliances

Civil Rights

You have the right to be treated as an equal to other people without being discriminated against illegally. In addition to the class action lawsuits for illegal employment discrimination described above, class action lawsuits can also be brought for other reasons. These include illegal discrimination because of sex, race, age, national origin, disability, or religion in —

  • Housing
  • Police action
  • Education

Environmental Disasters

If you or your property were harmed because of something a company did that affected the environment, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit. Common situations where this happens include —

  • Oil spills
  • Contaminated water\
  • Toxic chemicals spilled into the ground or released into the air

GCW Class Action Lawyers

Do you think you might have a claim that could be part of a class action lawsuit? The class action lawyers at GCW have successfully sued large companies that have violated the rights of workers and consumers. We invite you to contact us for a free consultation.

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