Rights That Can Be Signed Away - The Right to be Part of a Class or Collective Action

Sometimes, an employer pays more than one (and maybe a lot more) employees a little bit less than each is owed under the law.  An employee who is owed a little bit of money can have a difficult time pursuing a claim because, among other things, it can be hard to find a lawyer.

Class and collective actions solve this problem by providing a mechanism for many employees in a similar situation to band together to seek the money they are owed.  However, the right to pursue a claim together with other “similarly situated” people can be signed away. 

You should always request a copy of everything you sign so that, if there is a dispute later, you (and your lawyer) will know what the documents say.

We can help New Jersey workers and businesses address wage and hour problems.  Questions?  Contact Alex Pisarevsky at ap@njlawfirm, or (201) 845-9600.