When a group of employees forms to report a labor law violation by their employer, they can choose to do so under what is known as the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA). This is a special code that allows employees to sue on behalf of the state—rather than as a private class—and collect a percentage of legal damages as specified by California Labor Code 2699. Because these cases can take years to build and successfully file, the Los Angeles Private Attorney General Act attorneys at Frontier recommend that you work with an experienced employment law attorney rather than file a lawsuit on your own.
It is frustrating to report a wage or labor violation and have it fall on deaf ears. The PAGA allows employees to come together as a group and ensure their employer is either required to correct the labor violations or pay restitution to the workers they harmed in the process. PAGA provides for penalties assessed each pay period with increasing severity, so if your employer continually refused to fix the problem, they will be penalized accordingly.
You can file a PAGA lawsuit for many different labor violations, including:
Our cutting-edge approach to law at Frontier helps us instantly access the laws as they apply to you so that we can immediately begin working to help you build an effective case. Most of our clients are not sure their employer has violated any laws—only that something feels wrong at work. Let our Los Angeles PAGA attorneys help you build a case and hold your employer accountable.
Before you file a PAGA notice and have it delivered to your employer, your employment lawyer will likely request information from them. This means your employer will know there is legal action pending against them, and they are likely to begin countermeasures to avoid losing a lawsuit. The defendant company will probably object to your assertions that there should be an investigation into their employment practices, so you should be ready with concrete evidence for your claims.
Before filing a lawsuit you should:
Unlawful employers make life more difficult for many people beyond just you. With a properly handled lawsuit, you can hold them accountable for their unfair practices and ensure the violations stop as quickly as possible.