Bissell Class Action Settlement

NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION
RYBAKOV v. BISSELL BROS., INC.


Superior Court of the State of California,
in and for Sacramento County

This is the official website for this settlement. Please do not rely upon other sites that may provide different and unauthorized information.

In September 2011, janitorial employees sued Bissell Bros., Inc. (“Bissell Bros.”) alleging that Bissell Bros. failed to provide its non-exempt janitorial employees 30 minute meal periods, required them to work split-shifts without appropriate compensation, failed to pay some janitorial employees overtime for all overtime hours worked, and failed to include all hours worked and all applicable rates of pay on pay statements for periods in which Bissell Bros. failed to pay proper overtime compensation. The lawsuit further alleged that certain janitorial employees were not reimbursed for the use of their personal vehicles when traveling between worksites.

The Court has conditionally certified the Action to be a class action for settlement purposes only. The Court has not decided whether Bissell Bros. did anything wrong, and Bissell Bros. specifically denies violating any laws.

Who is Included in the Settlement?
There are two classes in this Class Settlement:

  1. The “Main Class,” referring to all janitorial employees of Bissell Bros. from September 14, 2007 to June 17, 2015.
  2. The “Mileage Sub-Class,” referring to all members of the Main Class who were required to use their vehicles for work-related purposes; specifically, to travel between worksites during their shifts.

Who Are the Attorneys for the Settlement Class?
The Court has conditionally appointed the law firms of Sundeen & Salinas and the Law Firm of Aleksey G. Tovarian to represent the Class as Class Counsel.

What Are my Legal Rights and Options in this Lawsuit?
If you are a member of one or both of the Settlement Classes, you have two options in this lawsuit:

  1. SUBMIT AN OPT-OUT FORM
    If you make a valid and timely written request to be excluded from the Settlement by timely submitting an Opt-Out Form, you will not receive any money, and you will not give up any rights you may have. You will be bound by the terms of the Settlement, unless you submit the enclosed Opt-Out Form.

    The deadline for submitting opt-out forms is August 1, 2015.


  2. DO NOTHING
    If you do not do anything, you will receive a sum of money based on how many hours you worked, and you will give up your right to sue for (1) overtime compensation, (2) meal break violations, (3) split-shift violations, and (4) reimbursement for use of personal vehicles while traveling between worksites, from September 14, 2007 to June 17, 2015, and related claims and penalties released by the Settlement.

What is the Status of the Settlement?
The settlement has been preliminarily approved by the Court.

The Court will hold a hearing on October 30, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. to determine whether the Settlement should be finally approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate. The hearing will be held in Department 35, the Courtroom of the Honorable Alan G. Perkins, 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. This hearing may be continued or rescheduled without notice to the Class Members.

To obtain more information, click on any of the following links:

Important Dates

  • August 31, 2015 – Last day to submit Opt-Out Forms, Mileage Sub-Class Dispute Forms, and objections to the settlement.
  • October 30, 2015 – Hearing on Final Approval of Class Action Settlement
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