Rukin Hyland & Riggin
About Rukin Hyland & Riggin
We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients
Our reputation among judges, our fellow lawyers, and clients is impeccable
We represent both employees and employers & know how to win your case
Our law firm has more than 50 years of collective experience
Employment Attorneys Serving San Francisco, Oakland and The Bay Area
As California employment lawyers, workplace law is what we do. Our firm is dedicated to helping people treated unfairly at work. We advise employees on their legal rights and counsel employers on how to comply with the law and implement proper employment law practices.
Your Right to a Fair and Equal Workplace
Despite some progress, large groups of working Americans experience unlawful employment practices in the workplace. For example, according to recent surveys, more than 30 percent of women report experiencing harassment at work. No one should have to endure this to provide for their family. You have the right to equal opportunity in the workplace, regardless of your age, sex, disability, race, or religious beliefs. You also deserve to be paid lawfully, including the right to equal pay regardless of your race or gender and the right to overtime pay as the law requires. If you have suffered injustice in the workplace, were dismissed for exposing an illegal practice at your company, or were denied your legal right to overtime, breaks, or family leave, we understand the stress and anxiety that you are experiencing.
At Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP, it’s our job to make sure that you can do your job, free from unlawful practices.
We have the breadth of experience to handle the most important employment law case—yours.
Harassment, Retaliation, Wage Claims
Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP 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 harassment, retaliation, 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 & Riggin LLP attorneys continued to aggressively litigate plaintiffs’ 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 & Riggin LLP 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 & Riggin LLP 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.
“Mr. Rukin and team were nothing less than professional, attentive, and sympathetic to my situation.”
“Their professionalism with respect to each nuance of the situation, including the time-sensitive nature of it, is very appreciated.”
“Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP aren’t just good lawyers, they care about giving advice, answering questions, and crafting legal strategy.”
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 & Riggin LLP provide some of the best 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 & Riggin LLP 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 & Riggin LLP, 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.
Put More than 50 Years of Legal Experience Behind You
It can be difficult for an individual to force a company to abide by the law and treat workers fairly, lawfully, and with the respect they deserve. An experienced and committed California employment lawyer working on your behalf can help level the playing field. At Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP, our attorneys have a reputation for effective, compassionate, and results-oriented legal advocacy. We provide tenacious and proactive representation to individual employees and classes of workers in the San Francisco Bay area, throughout California, and nationwide.
Large Firm Expertise with Small Firm Personalized Attention to Your Case
We listen and work closely with you to plan a legal strategy that fits your needs. Are you an employee who has experienced unlawful treatment on the job? Are you a professional who is negotiating a separation agreement or an employment contract? Or are you a business or a start-up needing guidance in a full range of matters pertaining to employment policy and compliance? Maybe you are involved in a dispute requiring mediation or litigation. Whatever your employment-related matter, Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP are some of the best in San Francisco and have the focus, experience, and commitment to provide you with the guidance and advocacy you need. Call Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP today to learn how we can help.