Class Action & PAGA Claims

Class Actions and PAGA claims are on the rise in California. It has never been more important to have the right defense to protect your company from these types of claims.

A class action is a type of lawsuit that is brought by an individual person or a small group of people on behalf of a much larger group. In employment class actions, an individual employee or a small group of employees typically try to establish that their employer has committed labor violations against them and the class the plaintiff seeks to represent.

In our experience, PAGA claims are on the rise, especially given that courts have been upholding class action waivers in arbitration agreements. Ever since 2004, when California passed the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), employees have had the ability to file a lawsuit against their employer for labor violations on behalf of the state’s Attorney General. While PAGA was enacted due to limited government resources and limited capacity for oversight of businesses, it has consequently led to a significant increase in lawsuits. PAGA claims cannot currently be compelled to arbitration, which can pose a challenge for businesses.

Martin Law has a wealth of knowledge and experience handling these types of cases and can help your company to efficiently resolve these complex claims. Please contact one of our attorneys for a consultation or more information.