Karen Sloan authored this January 21 article in The National Law Journal (available at Law.com) summarizing a recent report by Chicago employment defense firm Seyfarth Shaw summarizing trends in employment-related class and collective actions in 2008.
The NLJ article’s summary offers the not-so-surprising conclusion that the poor economy is helping to fuel a surge in class and collective actions filed under both state and federal labor and anti-discrimination laws as well as ERISA.
The report, which is available only upon request to the firm’s clients and other employers, is apparently 655 pages long and analyzes 650 decisions. A preview of the report is available at the firm’s website, along with a link to an introductory section of the report. The introduction offers a summary of trends, including the insight that workplace class actions are becoming increasingly more complex, as claims under multiple state and federal employment and labor laws with differing procedural requirements are being combined in the same case.