Employers frequently misclassify employees as "exempt" in order to avoid paying benefits, overtime and other wages. Oftentimes, the misclassification affects large groups of people who hold the same position. In these cases, the Los Angeles misclassified employee class action lawsuit lawyers at Rheuban & Gresen may be able to form a united front of the employees affected, bringing one powerful class action lawsuit against the employer.
Misclassification Class Action Lawsuit Lawyers in Los Angeles
If you believe you have been misclassified, contact our law firm for a free consultation. We may investigate your case and determine whether there are other people with the same claim as you. If there are, we may decide to bring a combined action with you and your fellow employees as a class so that we can present a larger, and therefore stronger, claim against your large, multi-national employer.
When Can Employees Bring a Misclassification Class Action Lawsuit?
Employee misclassification is one of the employment law areas that frequently affect multiple employees. However, in most cases, there must be a large number of employees involved in order to form a class action (typically more than 20 employees). The claimants must also have common issues of fact or law — if your legal issue is too unique, you will need to bring an individual employee misclassification claim.
Exempt or Nonexempt?
In California, exempt employees fall under one of three categories: management, professional or administrative. An employer generally does not have to pay an exempt, salaried employee for lunch breaks, overtime and other wages specific to hourly and nonexempt employees. In order to avoid paying these wages, employers may misclassify an employee as "exempt" by giving them a title of "manager" or "supervisor," even though the employee neither manages nor supervises anything.
Other employees may be misclassified as professionals, including some commissioned workers, sales representatives, technical writers, construction workers, and licensed engineers.
Contact Our Class Action Lawsuit Misclassified Employee Attorneys Today!
Experienced, competent counsel is necessary in class action cases. Class actions are unique, with different processes and requirements than general litigation. At the Law Offices of Rheuban & Gresen, our Los Angeles employee misclassification class action attorneys have the knowledge and trial experience to bring an effective class action lawsuit. To learn more, please contact us through e-mail or call 818.815.2727.