Every day, we help people from all walks of life – everyone from blue collar, minimum wage workers all the way up to the highest levels of the executive ranks. Collectively, we have recovered over $100 million dollars from some of the world’s largest corporations for violations of federal and state employment laws. These lawsuits range from individual cases seeking redress for sexual harassment and discrimination to “ERISA” benefits class actions, which benefit thousands of employees.
Discriminating against a current or prospective employee on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity violates some of the most fundamental tenants of American civil rights law. Yet, even in this day and age, such unlawful conduct persists. Employees who have suffered adverse employment action as a result of their status as a member of a protected class may seek back and front pay, lost wages and benefits, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and other damages.
BREACH OF CONTRACT
Special state laws protect employees who enter into binding agreements with their employer. Depending on the jurisdiction, if an employer violates its contract, the employee may be able to recover double what is owed along with interest, attorneys’ fees and other damages, for as far back as 10 years. Some state laws also mandate that wages are paid on time and regulate how paid time off (PTO) must be paid.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is the federal law that governs employee retirement plans. To ensure plan fiduciaries do not misuse plan assets and that funds are actually available when the employee retires, ERISA establishes minimum standards for participation, notice and funding of plans. ERISA also protects employees and their families entitled to continued health insurance coverage after termination or reduction in hours. Penalties for violating ERISA can include civil fines and criminal punishments.
Having successfully represented hundreds of thousands of employees in class actions across the country, we help you understand your rights and pursue recovery on your behalf.