Assessing The Availability Of Jury Trials For PAGA Claims
By Felix Shafir and John Querio (May 29, 2019, 5:26 PM EDT) -- In 2003, the California Legislature enacted the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004. PAGA authorizes an employee who has been harmed by particular Labor Code violations to seek penalties "on behalf of himself or herself and other aggrieved employees."
Since PAGA's enactment, "'it has become common practice for plaintiffs in employment cases to assert a PAGA claim, as the potential civil penalties for violations can be staggering and often greatly outweigh any actual damages.'" "Annual PAGA filings have increased over 200 percent" in recent years, "and over 400 percent since 2004."
Even though PAGA has been on the books...
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