I would suggest contacting the press about your case, disseminating information about what is going on could aid your fellow students and also draw the attention of the authorities.
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Winning your case could help others with the same claim against the same company. If you win, there is a legal doctrine called collateral estoppel that could prohibit your employer from even arguing its position once it has lost on it in another case. But I would need more information to have a better idea of how likely that would apply to your situation.
Another option to consider is pursuing a class action. Then you and your lawyer would be representing all of the other victims of the scam you are describing. Again, I would need more information to evaluate whether you have a viable class action or whether it would make sense to pursue one.
Either way, good luck with your case!
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A class action will provide just the types of remedies you describe. Most employment lawyers take class actions on a contingent basis, and are paid a percentage of the money received in litigation.
This may be the type of case that is best fought as a class action - large number of people damaged in the same manner and in amounts relatively small to justify litigation. That way, you don't foot the entire bill for litigation yourself - all students stand to benefit from a successful resolution, and the lawyers will be paid out of recovery under supervision by the judge.
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