Tallahasco, Fla.-based car rental company CarRental International is being sued in federal court in Florida by its car rental car rental fleet owners, claiming the company engaged in wage theft by failing to pay them overtime wages that they were legally entitled to under Florida law.
The suit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tallahasse, alleges that CarRrentive employees failed to provide drivers with adequate hours of service and failed to follow company procedures to track employees’ work hours.
The workers also allege that the company failed to pay overtime wages when they worked more than 20 hours per week.
According to the suit, CarRentive’s alleged violations of federal and state law include wage theft and false advertising.
The lawsuit claims that Car Rental International engaged in the alleged practices after CarR Rentiers own employees started to complain in March 2016.
In April 2016, the company was forced to suspend operations and shut down.
CarRenters own fleet of cars is located in Tallanoxie, Florida, the Miami-Dade County area, and Dubuque, Iowa.
CarRents fleet is not subject to any state minimum wage requirements.
Car Rents drivers, who are required to be paid $16.95 an hour, work an average of 32 hours per day, and are paid at least $10 an hour in overtime.
The company is also required to pay its drivers at least two hours of paid sick leave each month.
Car Rental said in a statement on Tuesday that it would respond to the lawsuit and would “work with our employees and our partners to resolve the matter in a fair, legal and equitable manner.”
The lawsuit claims CarRights drivers are paid on an hourly basis, but the company claims that employees who work more than 40 hours per month receive the same amount.
It also claims that the workers are paid overtime for overtime work and for working over 40 hours in a calendar month, which amounts to an extra $2.50 per hour.
The suit seeks unspecified damages and seeks unspecified compensatory damages.