Shift managers employed by Avis Budget Car Rental LLC are poised to settle two separate lawsuits against the rental car giant involving claims of unpaid overtime. According to Law 360 (subscription required) reported. The managers claim they were wrongfully classified as supervisory personnel and were not paid overtime compensation in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws.
The two class actions were originally filed in New Jersey and New York, but attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the New Jersey case asked the court to consolidate the cases in New York in order to proceed with a settlement. In both matters, the managers argued that they were eligible for overtime because their workloads consisted of primarily non-managerial tasks such as checking in, inventorying, cleaning, renting, and shuttling cars.
Misclassifying employees to avoid paying overtime compensation is wage theft, and unfortunately, a common practice in the workplace. If you suspect wage theft where you work, please contact the attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group today – we’re here to help.