Class Action Lawsuit

When employment law claims affect a large group of employees

Learn about class action lawsuits and mass terminations.

What is a class action lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit in employment law occurs when a group of employees suffer a common employment grievance because of their employer’s conduct.

Why do they occur?

There are times, such as times of financial difficulties, when employers may use certain tactics to reduce their workforce, such as:

  • large-scale restructuring
  • mass layoffs
  • group terminations
  • “voluntary” pay-cuts

Throughout these types of workforce reductions, or through other miscalculations, there is evidence that the employer violated workplace laws. Such violations could fall under the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Canada Labour Code or the Human Rights and Workplace Discrimination law.

Violations include some of the following:

  • mass wrongful termination
  • group ageism
  • misclassification of employee as a contractor vs employee
  • miscalculation of vacation, public holiday and overtime pay

In many cases, these changes or inaccuracies create repercussions that affect numerous employees in the same manner, giving rise to a potential class action lawsuit or group employment law claim.


How can Whitten & Lublin help you?

Whitten & Lublin Employment & Labour Lawyers have proven experience in this area of employment law. We provide representation in group employment law claims and mass wrongful dismissal actions, including overtime claims, group discrimination claims, group ageism claims and group termination claims. Our firm represented one of the largest group wrongful dismissal cases in Canadian history – and won.

Your employment
is our specialty

In need of legal advice? We are committed to treating your case with the care, dedication, and compassion that you deserve. Contact us to learn how we can help you understand and resolve your workplace legal matter.

All required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Get empowered with every newsletter.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.