According to the Los Angeles Times, two current Hertz Corp. employees and former worker have filed a class action lawsuit against the rental car company accusing it of working people off-the-clock.
The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming that local branches of the rental company staff offices with only a “handful of employees.” The plaintiffs claim that they were given duties for renting out fleets with large customer bases, making it “practically impossible” for them to take rest or meal breaks.
Additionally, the plaintiffs claim that they were required to clock out for breaks and forced to perform tasks, even though they were not being paid. One employee claimed that at her Hertz location, she was asked to clock out numerous times but required to stay on duty and respond to customers. When she asked if she could clock in to do the tasks, her managers allegedly told her no.
The plaintiffs claim that Hertz has been violating California labor laws since at least 2011. They are seeking back wages and damages, although a specific compensation amount was not listed in the lawsuit filing because attorneys say the scope of the claims in unknown.
Hertz allegedly employed more than 150 workers in the Los Angeles area during the period in question. However, attorneys representing the plaintiffs say the reach of the claims could extend to several counties in California.
Hertz said it would not comment on the case until it completed an internal review about the allegations.
Rest and Meal Break Laws in California
It is illegal for an employer to dock your wages below federal and state minimum wage guidelines by working you off-the-clock. This may include instances where you are forced to work through meal breaks without pay.
In California, labor laws require that most employees are given a thirty-minute meal break when they work at least five hours, two unpaid thirty minute meal breaks when they work at least ten hours and a ten minute on-the-clock rest period for every four hours worked. If your employer is violating the law, you may be able to seek damages over wage and overtime violations.
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