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Class Action

Class Action

Dworken & Bernstein is nationally recognized as a leader in class action lawsuits. Class actions are highly technical and serve as the primary method to stop instances of corporate wrongdoing committed against countless people. Noted as a “tireless advocate” for victims of corporate misconduct, the head of the department Patrick Perotti, has been recognized as one of the top 75 Trial Lawyers in the United States. Our team is regularly appointed lead counsel in cases challenging consumer fraud, overcharges and unlawful practices including violations of worker’s overtime rights. We look forward to discussing any questionable practice you believe is being done to large numbers of people. Our review is free of charge and confidential.

Class Action

Our attorneys have the experience and passion to win.

Led by senior attorney Patrick J. Perotti, J. D., our professional law team has successfully resolved class actions involving millions of dollars for more than 20 years. Dworken & Bernstein obtained relief for Ohio and national classes in miscalculation of loan fees and interest, consumer fraud cases, utilities overcharges, mass tort, national real estate and escrow company overcharges, defective products, improper credit card charges, and a host of others. If you are part of a group that has been overcharged, discriminated against, not been paid overtime, or had your civil rights denied, contact the class action attorneys’ offices of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. We’ll speak with you to discuss how you have been harmed to see how we can help you and others.

• Wage and hour law violations • Improper credit card charges
• Employment discrimination • Improper phone charges
• Defective products • Government program discrimination
• Real estate and escrow fraud • Educational discrimination
• Prepayment penalties • Consumer fraud
• Improper loan charge • Miscalculation of loan interest
• Fraud cases • False advertising

 

Dworken & Bernstein is proud to pursue this type of litigation for the benefit it provides to thousands of persons through a single lawsuit, and also for the benefit it provides to the general public and especially charities. Dworken & Bernstein works to require that unclaimed class funds be reverted to charitable organizations. Dworken & Bernstein settlements have generated millions of dollars to charities, including contributions to organizations ranging from Habitat for Humanity to the Special Olympics. Contact the class action lawsuit attorneys’ offices of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. if you feel you have been wronged in a situation that involves a large group of persons or businesses. Put our national reputation and experience to work for your group.

If your employer has been breaking wage and hour laws, not paying you overtime, or having you work off the clock, you may have a valid class action lawsuit to recover damages and lost wages.


Class Action Attorneys

Patrick J. Perotti
Nicole T. Fiorelli
Jonathan Stender
Jim Timmerberg
Patrick J. Brickman
Frank Bartela
Richard Selby
Shelley Fleming

Civil Rights

Fighting for you.

Government officials and agencies violate basic civil rights of both individuals and businesses with shocking frequency. Civil rights aren’t just words on a paper. They are so important that our ancestors fought and died to protect them. Dworken & Bernstein is a leader in suing government officials and agencies, for both individuals and business. Because of our reputation and size, we take on lawsuits that many other firms will not handle. We do not fear reprisal and instead have a reputation of being willing to stand up against government wrongdoing to protect the rights granted by the Constitution and laws of our city, state, and country.
• Police brutality and false arrest
• Wrongful taking of residential and commercial property
• Unlawful denial of business permits or licensing
• Wrongful surveillance including wiretapping
• Prisoner abuse
• Wrongful death
• Negligent supervision by welfare officials
• Adoption and childcare abuses
• Zoning and land use violations
• Denial of free speech or assembly

Call us now for a free consultation.


Civil Rights Attorneys

Patrick J. Perotti
Jonathan T. Stender
Richard N. Selby II

Wage and Hour Law

Helping to make employment fair for everyone.

If your employer has been breaking wage and hour laws, and not paying you overtime, or having you work off the clock, etc., you may have a valid class action lawsuit to recover damages and lost wages.

Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. is a leader in individual and collective actions for violations of state and federal wage and hour laws. We have successfully represented current and former employees to recover overtime wages and other uncompensated pay or benefits.

A startling number of well-known companies (Farmers Insurance, Allstate Corporation, Pacific Bell, Coca-Cola, UPS) have recently been caught violating wage laws, and paid employees millions of dollars in overtime and other wrongfully unpaid wages.

For example, many companies fail to pay their employees overtime compensation in accordance with law. These companies misclassify employees as either independent contractors or “exempt”. However, an employee’s title is not relevant to whether the employee’s primary duties are hourly work. Even employees with the title of supervisor, manager, or exempt must be paid overtime for all hours worked over 40 hours if their primary duties are hourly work. Similarly, the fact that an employee’s wages are labeled a ‘salary’, even when paid in a fixed amount, does not automatically mean they are not entitled to overtime. Many companies dock employees’ salaries for missed work, inadequate sales, or overpaid commissions, that destroys the exemption and requires the employee to be paid overtime for all hours worked over 40.

Other common wage violations requiring companies to pay workers back pay or overtime include not paying for time worked off the clock; awarding “comp time” instead of paying for overtime (meaning the employer carries-over hours from one week to the next to avoid paying overtime); refusing to pay employees who work during breaks; failing to pay for time spent for travel; failing to pay for time spent preparing for work, or waiting to punch-in; failing to pay for time spent ‘donning or doffing’ (i.e. putting on or removing uniforms, equipment, etc, required for the job).

In most wage and hour violations, the law allows compensation retroactive for two or three years and often the award to the worker is doubled (known as ‘liquidated damages’). If you want to see if your rights have been violated, please contact the wage and hour attorneys of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. We will speak with you to discuss your rights and determine how we can help you and others.


Wage & Hour Law Attorneys

Patrick J. Perotti
Nicole T. Fiorelli
Richard N. Selby II


All Class Action Attorneys

Patrick J. Perotti
Nicole T. Fiorelli
Jim Timmerberg
Patrick J. Brickman
Jonathan T. Stender
Richard N. Selby II
Frank Bartela
Richard Selby

 

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