Class and Collective Actions
Class actions and collective actions are procedures that allow many employees to join together to bring legal claims against their employers. Class action procedures are commonly used where employers have engaged in illegal activities that affect a large number of employees. Class action lawsuits are especially useful where an individual employee’s claim would be too expensive to litigate alone. A good example is a requirement by an employer that employees work “off the clock” during scheduled break times. By combining many claims into a collective action lawsuit, an individual may be able to vindicate a right to wages that would be too expensive to be brought as a single action.
Class actions can often be brought for violations of employment laws where a group of employees were all subjected to the same illegal practice. The employment lawyer teams at Willig, Williams & Davidson have pursued class actions and multi-plaintiff actions alleging many forms of job discrimination including, age discrimination, race discrimination, gender discrimination and wage and hour litigation related to overtime pay, minimum wage, and meal and rest break violations.
Class and Collective Actions: Resources
- Willig, Williams & Davidson Attorney Quoted in Bloomberg BNA
March 29, 2017
Ryan A. Hancock shared his insight with Gayle Cinquegrani of Bloomberg BNA for an article entitled “Ban-the-Box Laws Reduce Role of Criminal Records in Hiring.”
- In the News: 'Interns' vs. 'Employees'
December 29, 2014
A former intern of "The Late Show with David Letterman" made national news by filing a class action lawsuit against the Letterman show for unpaid wages. However, the question of whether or not an individual is an intern or an employee is highly fact-specific.
- Confidentiality Agreements and Social Media: The $90,000 Facebook Post
April 4, 2014
A former headmaster of a Florida Preparatory School won a monetary settlement but then lost it due to a Facebook post by his daughter rendering the agreement void.
- Nine Willig, Williams & Davidson Lawyers Included in U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers in America 2012
September 13, 2011
Philadelphia union-side law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson is pleased to announce that nine of its employment, labor and workers compensation attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012.
- Technology and Privacy in the Workplace, Tonight on 'The American Law Journal'
April 26, 2010
Willig, Williams & Davidson plaintiffs attorney Amy L. Rosenberger spoke for a broadcast titled "Sexting, Texting, E-Mail and More...Electronic Communication and Privacy at the Workplace" for The American Law Journal.
- 'You Get What You Pay For: How to Successfully Challenge Releases Under the OWBPA in the Post-Guidant Era'
April 13-15, 2010
Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 16th Annual Employment Law Institute
- ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Conference
November 7, 2009