Rather than reading all the comments again, figure I would just start a new thread. Is there already a class action lawsuit for staff members who haven't been paid and for benefits not received?
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I have called a few lawyers, and none were interested. They said to file a complaint with CA labor relations. Which, from what i see, us pointless.
It's not just about the compensation for employees. We are pretty much aware that will won't be available to us. Even if we won a class action suit, it would trickle down to about a few hundred dollars each if we are lucky. The lawyers get their 40% and walk away, and we are basically left with nothing. (and yes, attorney from earlier posts, this is accurate. My uncle was practicing law for 45 years and 40% is generally the accurate rate) It's the point of making sure that Dream Center doesn't do this again to anyone else. Let's face the facts, DCEH came in under the guise of non profit and tried to run things in a for profit model. We unfortunately were the guinea pigs for this experiment. They should have actually tried to fix things with some of the failing ground campuses first, and worked on shaping a proper business model. EDMC did leave a lot of problems behind, but not enough that couldn't be fixed with a proper approach. But, that really doesn't matter now. Hopefully there will be some form of a trial that will bring some things to light, but who knows when that would happen. All we can do now is try to rebuild and hopefully move on to better chapters in our lives.
just go public with a famous public media platform — list all the corruption and bs - Dream Center is still active
State of Calif Labor Board will do nothing - now that in bankruptcy court
Its a shame - for me, after almost 20 years with AI - it comes to this - stiffed employees of final paychecks!
Yes! Please file a class action lawsuit. I'm sure there are plenty of lawyers looking to fatten their pockets while you get fractions of whatever is owed to you. You'd get more from dumpster diving.
1bdt- You don’t know what you are talking about. I am an attorney and almost every sentence in your post is false but “courts kinda already know about it by now” is exceedingly ignorant. Courts rely on filed documents called “ pleadings” to learn the facts of cases. I literally practice every day in front of judges with full dockets who review the petitions as I am making oral arguments. WARN cases are nothing like personal injury cases and remedies vary widely depending on the facts and the laws of various states. And I’m sure you learned about “ punitive damages” in your “dang business law class” or do you just pretend knowledge when you are “blissfully ignorant”?
1oig: and you know what every lawyer says: 'we have a case'! WARN cases are like accidents, 100's of lawyers will take it in the hopes it pays out for the little paperwork they will process. Like accidents you will likely get LESS then you are actually out in pay because hes going to take 1/3 of anything anyways...and do you really think your going to win anything above and beyond labor? Oh and whistler, um guess what you kinda have to whistle before or while its happening, courts kinda already know about it by now so your not a whistleblower your just a witness.
Should have taken one of those dang business law classes while you had a chance for free. However, blissful ignorance is nice as well.
1uwm Class or whistle blowers only takes courage. We support you 100%.
I would definitely look into filing a suit for sure. In some states, California being one, if a claim from an employee is filed the company can not discharge the debt of back wages and benefits in the bankruptcy. I would definitely look into it because ever state is different and because no one on here is a lawyer. I myself have signed with a lawyer to file a suit for violation of the WARN Act. Everyone on here said it was a waste of time because of the receivership but I choose to get legal advise and they seem very confident in the case. Good luck in whatever you decide and best wishes in your future!
At this point you’d have more luck recovering toilet paper from the Titanic than your “paycheck and benefits” from DCEH. I wish you the best of luck though...
Even if you win the lawsuit, post Ch 7 you'll be behind the secureds. Spending a bunch of money to be at the back of the line is pretty pointless. Inability to pay judgments is one of the big reasons companies declare bankruptcy in the first place, and it's a mystery why DCEH isn't there already except for incompetence in the part of various parties.
So do it now. You should not wait on others. They will join. You can also be a whistle blower which protects you. I’m wishing you all the best.
Seems pretty moot. It'll almost certainly declare bankruptcy within weeks if not hours and days.