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San Francisco Employment Attorneys
Sexual Harassment, Retaliation, Wage Claims
Rukin Hyland attorneys recovered over $1.5 million in wages, penalties, damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs in an action filed against Mini-Stor Ventures, LLC, Egan Properties, Inc., Michael Egan, and Rafael Convalescent Hospital on behalf of three former employees of a rental storage unit business, who asserted claims for sexual harassment, failure to prevent sexual harassment, retaliation, termination in violation of public policy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiffs also asserted wage and hour claims based on Defendants’ failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal and rest periods, failure to provide itemized wage statements, waiting time penalties, and unlawful business practices. After resolving plaintiffs’ wage claims, Rukin Hyland attorneys continued to aggressively litigate plaintiffs’ sexual harassment and retaliation claims, ultimately reaching a successful resolution of their claims on the day before trial was scheduled to begin. For additional media coverage of the case, click here.
Independent Contractor Misclassification
Rukin Hyland attorneys, together with co-counsel, reached a $12 million settlement on behalf of SuperShuttle drivers who worked for the company between May 8, 2004 and June 12, 2014. Plaintiffs claimed that SuperShuttle misclassified van operators as “franchisees” or “independent contractors,” when they should have been “employees” and brought claims for unpaid minimum wage and overtime, reimbursement of expenses, repayment for coerced purchases, plus interest, penalties, liquidated damages, and other related remedies, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. Lawyers at our firm litigated the case for almost six years before reaching the successful settlement on behalf of the class.
Unpaid Wages and Missed Breaks
On February 6, 2014, Rukin Hyland filed a class and collective action lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Farmers Insurance Exchange on behalf of a proposed class of current and former Personal Lines Claims Adjusters (“PLCAs”) who worked for Farmers in California. The complaint alleges that Farmers’ policies and practices (including, for example, the volume of work assigned and Farmers’ performance metrics) lead to PLCAs working off the clock–i.e. working without pay–before and after their scheduled shifts and during their meal and rest breaks. After the hearing on Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in early 2017, Farmers paid $4.9 million to resolve this class and collective action lawsuit.
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Advice and Counseling for Executives and Professionals
Executives and professionals require strategic guidance geared toward their unique employment law needs. The attorneys at Rukin Hyland provide skilled representation in matters such as severance negotiations, employment contract review, privacy issues, non-compete agreements, and trade secret litigation.
Legal Guidance for Businesses and Start-ups
The attorneys at Rukin Hyland provide a full suite of services to our business clients, including: advice and counseling workplace training; preparation of policies; and representation in litigation.
At Rukin Hyland, you can expect the meticulous attention to detail and exceptional work quality of a large law firm, with the personal focus and individualized care and treatment that only a smaller firm can offer.