EL SEGUNDO, CA (September 18, 2012)—Chris Adishian, President of the Adishian Law Group in El Segundo, CA and an expert in employment and labor law was quoted in an article appearing in Lawyers.com concerning the record number of employee lawsuits filed against employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
As of March 2012—just three months into the year—there were 7,064 FLSA lawsuits filed compared to just 7,006 in 2011 for the entire year and 2,035 ten years ago. Most of the suits follow the FLSA orientation involving minimum wage, overtime pay and other employment standards.
Chris Adishian, who has studied the trend in these suits says, “These cases are typically filed as class actions, spanning multiple years, with a potentially material amount of damages to the enterprise—and the company has to defend.” The consequences of losing could be catastrophic for an employer.”
Adishian explains, “For workers who were legitimately wronged, it is good news because attorneys are bringing their cases on a contingency basis and but for that, they would really have no way to enforce the law.”
The article cited Chris Adishian as an expert resource in employment law to describe how an April 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision—AT&T v. Concepcion—could prohibit employees from banding together in a class action against an employer. The decision set precedent allowing a Corporation to prohibit the filing of class action lawsuits and instead requiring disputes be settled through arbitration.
Adishian says, “While the Concepcion ruling was in the context of a consumer class action, many labor attorneys see it as a potential basis for blocking employee-based class actions. Employees who believe their rights under FLSA or companion state statutes have been violated by their employer should seek competent legal counsel who specialize in employment law.”
To read the complete article “Workers Standing Up for Their Rights in Record Numbers”, please click the following link to see the post at Lawyers.com: “Workers Standing Up for Their Rights in Record Numbers”
Adishian Law Group is a California law firm with a statewide practice in the areas of Corporate law, Employment law, Real Estate law and Mediation Services. Adishianlaw.com is one of the oldest continually operating law firm websites on the Internet. The firm serves its clientele via three offices located in the major business hubs of El Segundo, Palo Alto and San Francisco. As of March 2013, Adishian Law Group, P.C. has represented individual and corporate clients located across 20 California counties, 4 States outside of California and 9 foreign countries — in over 340 legal matters.
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