A former Hertz transportation specialist alleges in a proposed class action that she worked up to 55 hours each week at the company’s San Diego car rental office without proper wages.
The case, which names as defendants The Hertz Corporation and subsidiary Hertz Local Edition Corp., claims the companies routinely understaff their rental locations while discouraging employees from accruing overtime hours. The plaintiff, who the case says was responsible for processing reservations and inspecting cars, among other duties, claims she was often forced to work through breaks without pay since there weren’t enough employees to tend to customers. According to the suit, the woman’s supervisors were aware of this problem yet continued to instruct her to clock out for scheduled breaks regardless of whether she was relieved of her duties. The case adds that the woman allegedly spent an additional five to 10 minutes each week responding to text messages from her supervisors after work without pay.
As a result of these practices, the plaintiff was denied proper minimum and overtime wages for all hours worked, the suit charges. When the plaintiff did receive overtime wages, the case continues, the defendants failed to pay her at an accurate time-and-a-half hourly rate.
The plaintiff claims her earnings were further reduced in that the defendants failed to reimburse her for business expenses, including for travel costs for commuting to distant mandatory drug testing facilities and training sessions.
Lastly, the defendants supposedly failed to timely provide the woman with her final wages, the suit charges. Rather than paying her within 72 hours after separation of employment, the companies allegedly issued the plaintiff her due wages over a week after her resignation in violation of state labor law.