Enterprise, National and Alamo Rent-A-Car Class Action: Unpaid Overtime for Branch Managers and Assistant Managers
This class action alleges that branch managers and assistant branch managers at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent-A-Car branches across Canada have been unfairly denied overtime pay.
Koskie Minsky LLP and De Bousquet PC are jointly acting on behalf of the plaintiff and the class in this action. The class action was commenced on September 18, 2020.
Enterprise, National, and Alamo classify employees working in these positions as “managerial” and/or “supervisory” and do not pay them for their overtime hours. However, it is alleged in the claim that these employees have been “misclassified” and are actually entitled to overtime pay. In particular, employees working in these positions do a very substantial amount of non-managerial and non-supervisory work, including:
- cleaning vehicles between customer bookings
- checking customers into their vehicles
- picking up vehicles from other locations
- picking up and dropping off customers
- working the front counter
- organizing the branch office
This class action is brought on behalf of Branch Rental Managers, Assistant Branch Managers, Station Managers, and equivalent branch-level managers. The class includes employees who have worked in these positions at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent-A-Car branches at any time between January 1, 2010 and the present in the following provinces:
- British Columbia
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
If you worked as a Branch Rental Manager, Assistant Branch Manager, Station Manager, or equivalent branch-level manager at an Enterprise, National, or Alamo branch in one of the provinces listed above, or if you are interested in receiving email updates, please contact us and complete the Class Action Information Form.
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October 13, 2022
Our appeal from the Superior Court’s decision to deny certification has been scheduled for May 10, 2023. We will be asking the Divisional Court to overturn the Superior Court’s decision so that this case can move forward.
July 22, 2022
On July 15, 2022, Justice Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed the motion to certify this action as a class proceeding. Justice Morgan’s decision is available here.
We will be bringing an appeal from this decision. We remain committed to seeking justice for the members of the proposed class.
June 20, 2022
The Court heard the Plaintiff’s motion to certify the action as a class proceeding on June 14-16, 2022. The judge reserved his decision following the hearing. We will share an update on this page once we receive the judge’s decision.
April 12, 2021
The motion to certify this action as a class proceeding will be heard by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on June 14-16, 2022.
February 26, 2021
An Amended Statement of Claim has been issued in this case.
- October 13, 2022
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Can I opt out of a class action and pursue independent legal action?
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