Unfortunately, wage and hour violations remain a serious problem in Ohio and throughout the United States. According to data from the United States Department of Labor (DOL), the federal government recovered more than $300 million in wage losses for workers in 2018 alone. Though, as wage and hour violations are notoriously underreported — the true extent of wage and hour violations is undoubtedly far higher.
In many cases, employers that commit wage and hour violations do so in a systematic manner — in other words, many employees may have been affected by similar issues. If you and your co-workers were subject to similar wage and hour violations, you may be eligible to bring a class action lawsuit. Here, our Columbus wage and hour class action attorneys highlight the most important things that employees need to know about bringing a class action lawsuit in Ohio.
In order to bring a class action claim, certain legal standards must be met. Most importantly, employees must prove that their case qualifies for a class action. Otherwise, they will be required to pursue individual claims. Plaintiffs seeking to file a class action wage and hour claim in Ohio must be able to establish the following three things:
Notably, one of the most important—and potentially challenging—aspects of obtaining class certification for a wage and hour claim is proving that there is a “well-defined community interest”. Essentially, plaintiffs seeking to bring a wage and hour class action must be able to establish that there is a significant number of employees who have a fundamentally similar underlying case.
At Coffman Legal, our top-rated Ohio wage and hour attorneys have the skills and experience needed to handle class action lawsuits. To learn more about what we can do for you and your co-workers, contact our law firm for a free consultation. From our office in Columbus, we serve communities throughout the greater Columbus, OH area, including Hilliard, Grove City, Dublin, Lincoln Village, Upper Arlington, and Worthington.