Taking the bounty out of the bounty hunter law

California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) created new and serious risks for employers that commit Labor Code violations affecting individual employees. As if California law didn't already impose serious penalties on employers for Labor Code violations, the PAGA allows an aggrieved employee not only to claim extra penalties for Labor Code violations that affect him but also to claim penalties for every Labor Code violation on behalf of every one of his fellow employees. That extra penalty creates an almost extortionate motivation for settlement, threatening liability many times greater than what would be owed to an individual employee.

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