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What is a class action lawsuit, and when does it become relevant?

| Mar 27, 2020 | Workplace Discrimination |

What if you a Michigan employee clearly wronged – that is, unlawfully treated – by workplace management? Examples of that are many and diverse, and often encompassed within discriminatory treatment practiced in a company.

On-the-job employment discrimination is unquestionably a serious wrong, both from an ethical and legal standpoint. Much legislation enacted over the years at federal, state and local levels seeks to safeguard workers against its egregious effects.

In fact, American laws enumerate a lengthy list of specific types of workplace wrongs that are strictly taboo. Those protected categories range from discrimination based on race, national origin and age to sexual orientation, disability, religion and additional classifications.

Sometimes a worker might feel that his or her personal workplace grievance is not worth pursuing, given the obvious power disparity between employees and company management. A claim might seem impractical to litigate individually.

At other times, though, discriminatory conduct can be spotlighted and targeted for a meaningful legal remedy through collective action, like a class action lawsuit.

Such litigation is appropriate – and often invaluable to plaintiffs – when a group (often large) suffers a similar wrong, such as the above-cited work-linked discriminatory conduct. A class action filing is fundamentally an efficiency-enhancing process, allowing a large group of people to band together against a defendant in a single consolidated action.

The benefits of doing so can be material. Claims can be brought that might otherwise never materialize. Costs for individual plaintiffs are dramatically dampened. Processes can be expedited.

Of course, not all law firms have experience handling class action claims.

The proven attorneys at Sterling Employment Law do. We note on our website the firm’s passion and commitment when doing so, stressing therein that, “When a group of employees are wronged by their employer, they deserve justice.”

We welcome contacts to the firm and the opportunity to provide further information concerning this sometimes key legal process.

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