California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) provides another legal approach that employees can pursue to extract high fines from their employers in court. This law allows workers to file labor violation claims against their employers without joining a class action lawsuit.
Failing to move promptly against these claims can have expensive consequences. Although an employee can take action alone, he or she may receive damages for all alleged labor infractions. At Jacobs & Dodds, we take PAGA claims seriously and act swiftly to challenge them in California courts. Our attorneys are trial-tested litigators, able to defend your business against these and other employment-related lawsuits.
How PAGA May Affect Your Bottom Line
PAGA empowers employees to act as private attorneys general and take action on behalf of other employees. Common PAGA lawsuits include alleged wage and hour violations such as:
- Failing to provide overtime pay
- Failing to pay minimum wage
- Failing to provide meal breaks
- Failing to provide an itemized statement on pay stubs
Violating PAGA may result in a $100 fine for each employee per pay period. Fines double after the initial violation. Whether your business employs 10 workers or 10,000, the penalties quickly add up.
Putting Our Experience To Work For You
PAGA allows employees who have signed arbitration clauses as a condition of their employment to file lawsuits as well. As a result, your attempts to avoid litigation through employment contracts may be for naught. If you are defending against this type of suit, it is critical to retain a lawyer who is intimately familiar with this law and effective lines of defense.
Our attorneys have aggressively protected our clients’ interests in court. We have secured favorable outcomes for nationally recognized corporations and small businesses in Orange County. Industry leaders in technology and manufacturing consult with us on business and employment law matters because they know that we provide sound counsel.
Contact Jacobs & Dodds Today
PAGA and other employment disputes can tarnish your business’s reputation and erase all the effort you have dedicated to building your brand. We know that time is critical when you are confronting a labor violation, which is why we respond to client inquiries in a timely manner.
Reach out to our team via email or at 949-645-7300 today and arrange your free phone consultation.