An EEOC class action complaint is a special kind of complaint brought collectively by a group of people against one entity.
When most people think of class action complaint, they think of lawsuits against large pharmaceutical corporations, petroleum companies, tobacco producers, vehicle manufacturers, and financial companies.
However, federal employees can bring a class action lawsuit against the federal government as well.
There are many reasons that injured federal employees might want to start a federal class action complaint, but the most common relates to employment discrimination.
Take a moment to learn more about the fundamentals of federal class action lawsuits. Afterward, consider consulting an EEOC class action attorney.
The Basics of EEOC Class Action Lawsuits
In traditional lawsuits, each party has to represent itself. This means that each plaintiff has to be present in court, hire an attorney, and participate in all aspects of litigation.
Few federal employees have the time or money to go through all of this on their own. With class actions, multiple plaintiffs can bring a lawsuit against one defendant as a group.
The term for the group of people initiating the class action is, as you might imagine, a class. There are multiple advantages for plaintiffs who decide to sue the federal government as a class.
For one, the court can resolve all of the plaintiffs’ claims against the federal government at one time, saving them time.
Second, the plaintiffs can share the costs of litigation rather than having to shoulder all of the costs on their own.
Third, only a few class members need to actively participate in the federal class action lawsuit. The others simply wait for the lawsuit to resolve. If the suit is successful, all plaintiffs receive a share of the final award.
Requirements for Initiating EEOC Class Action Lawsuits
Although there are advantages to bringing an EEO complaint as a class action lawsuit, but there are unique requirements as well.
To become a class agent, the employee must consult with an EEO counselor within 45 days of the alleged discriminatory incident and request a class certification.
A complainant may move for class certification at any reasonable point in the process where it becomes apparent that there are class implications to the claim raised in an individual complaint.
If a complainant moves for class certification after completing counseling, no further counseling is required and an EEOC AJ makes a determination on the class certification.
Then a formal class complaint must be signed by the class agent and filed within the regular 15-day timeframe, and must state the policy or practice adversely affecting the class as well as the specific action or matter affecting the class agent.
In order to be certified as a class complaint, the complaint must meet the requirements of numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation.
These requirements can be difficult to establish, and there are often other requirements that a class must demonstrate. Truth be told, class action lawsuits are quite difficult to navigate.
Therefore, your best choice is to consider hiring a federal class action lawsuit attorney to represent you effectively.
Let Us Represent You in a Federal Class Action Lawsuit
If you are considering filing an EEOC class action complaint against your federal agency, then it is essential you find the right attorney.
Many attorneys do not have the specialized experience needed to represent you in a class action lawsuit. Others may not have the best client reviews.
Here at the Federal Employment Law Firm of Aaron D Wersing, PLLC, we genuinely care about helping our clients defend their rights. We are also passionate that they obtain the compensation that they rightfully deserve.
On top of that, we have many years of experience assisting federal employees with all kinds of employment issues.
Together, we can work to ensure that your federal class action lawsuit has the best chance of success. Don’t wait. Schedule a free consultation with us right away.