Data breaches are common in today’s technological landscape.
While employees expect that their private information, such as their social security numbers, addresses and pay records will be safe in the hands of their employers, this is not always so.
Even the largest employers are frequently attacked by hackers, and oftentimes fail their employees by not having robust protections in place.
Recently, Equifax, the consumer credit bureau – which was charged with maintaining the private information of hundreds of thousands of Kroger employees – had that information stolen in a data breach. These 400,000 workers served under all of Kroger’s brands, including Ralphs Grocery, Food For Less, and Foods Co.
Several lawsuits have been filed asserting that Equifax did not have the proper protections in place to safeguard these Kroger employees’ data.
Indeed, it appears that Equifax could have done more, and lawsuits are warranted. This is just the latest example of a troubling data breach in the workplace.
A consumer class action is a lawsuit in state or federal court that is brought by one individual, or a few individuals, on behalf of a larger class of people similarly situated.
Typically, class actions are utilized for claims involving mass accidents or disasters, certain product defects, or violations of state or federal consumer protection laws. The idea behind a class action lawsuit is to combine the smaller-dollar claims of a large number of individuals resulting in a larger settlement which may justify the expense of litigation and improve the chances for success, especially against larger corporations.
We handle a wide variety of Consumer Rights Cases. If you have been affected by this recent data breach, we may be able to answer some questions for you.