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Employees fight for power: Class action lawsuits in California

by | Dec 31, 2021 | Wage & Hour Class Actions

For years, employees have had several legal mechanisms to fight for their fair share of wages and against unfair labor practices. However, depending on the upcoming decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, millions of workers may no longer have as many avenues open to them to fight for what’s just and uphold the rights of employees.

Current legal case under review

In the case of Viking River Cruises, Inc., v. Moriana, the U.S. Supreme Court will make a ruling deciding whether or not a single employee can file a lawsuit on behalf of all the employees in a business connected to potential employer labor violations. The case itself centers on healthcare IT and the ways in which employees can file class-action lawsuits given their employment status.

As of now, wage and hour class actions lawsuits in the state have an advantage at being able to file lawsuits. However, with this pending rule, it may become more challenging for employees to address labor issues in the state.

The importance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision

The case is notable as it addresses issues related to hourly and wage workers rather than solely salaried employees. Furthermore, as California continues to be the nation’s hotspot for IT and healthcare advancements, the decision hanging in the balance may have the ability to upend the job market in these fields.

However, this state is unlikely to be the only one impacted by the decision. If the judgment is in favor of employers, its use as a legal precedent against employee rights to redress genuine concerns regarding fair labor practices is likely. And this precedent can create a prime opportunity to exploit workers throughout the United States.

The upcoming ruling in the Viking River Cruises, Inc., v. Moriana case is surely one that may have a large impact on workers around the country. Understanding more about the case and how it could apply to you or someone you love can be the first step to preparing yourself for any future labor disputes.