In class actions, one person can represent a group of similar people in one action to benefit the entire group. It is one of the most effective tools to protect citizens, employees, and consumers from invasions of privacy, employment discrimination, and consumer fraud. For example, class actions have helped customers of an electronic store get their money back after incurring unauthorized charges on their credit card for an internet service they didn’t even know about. Class actions have helped businesses get their money back after paying tens of thousands of dollars in an alleged fraudulent marketing scheme. Class actions have also helped nurses misclassified as exempt to recover overtime pay. In addition, employees, ranging from customer service representatives to janitors, tire technicians to limousine drivers, and others, who claimed they did not get paid for hours worked and overtime, for missed meal and rest breaks, and for job expenses got paid through class actions. When a class is large enough, Cate will not hesitate to join forces with other reputable law firms to achieve the best possible results for their clients and the classes they represent.
California laws exist to protect the rights of consumers as well as fair competition and the free flow of truthful information in the marketplace. When retained, Cate enforces these laws for its clients in the areas of product liability, privacy rights, unfair business practices, fraud, and misrepresentations. The aim is to protect consumers: from being ripped off; from unauthorized charges; from faulty products; from unwanted marketing; from wrongful invasions of privacy, and from fraud.
California law protects employees in a number of ways. Unless exempt, California employees are entitled to be paid on time and, under certain circumstances, time and a half and double time pay. Nonexempt employees are also entitled to meal and rest breaks. The exemptions that limit these benefits are narrowly construed. That means, unless employees plainly and unmistakably fit within an exemption, they should receive these benefits. With the right representation, California laws can help florists, customer sales representatives, and clerical works get paid for overtime, missed meal periods and missed rest periods. These laws are known commonly referred to as wage & hour actions.
California law also protects employees from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, race, religious creed, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, and age. It also protects employees from retaliation for taking medical leave, for refusing to participate in unlawful activities, or for complaining about discriminatory or unlawful practices to a government agency. Cate is equipped to help clients wrongfully terminated, wrongfully denied promotion, or subjected to other adverse employment actions, including termination, denial of promotion, denial of overtime and other benefits.