Class actions are effective in fighting unfair business practices, deceptive advertising, and wage and hour abuses. Two major categories of class actions include consumer protection and employment protection.
California laws exist to protect the rights of consumers as well as fair competition and the free flow of truthful information in the marketplace. Two of the most powerful laws in California are the Unfair Competition Law and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. When retained, Burke Schmidt APC 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 products not fit for their intended use, 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. These laws can benefit everyone from florists, customer sales representatives, production workers, and clerical workers. Class actions advocating for employee rights are often known as wage & hour class actions.