Hertz settled a $48 million class-action lawsuit in May after it agreed to pay $200,000.

This case, brought by lead plaintiff Polat K., originated from New York where Polat worked for Hertz from 2013 to 2015. Polat claimed he regularly worked more than 40 hours a week as a Hertz employee.

Citing that, on average, he worked 50 to 60 hours a week, Polat said he did not receive overtime pay for these additional hours. Hertz’s failure to pay Polat for this overtime is a violation of New York labor laws.

After mediation in the spring of 2021, Hertz agreed to settle this case for $200,000 cash. 

This agreement is part of a larger settlement of five lawsuits that accuse the car rental company of failing to pay employees overtime wages. The broader lawsuit concerned this case along with three complaints from California and one lawsuit from Florida.

The larger agreement settles all five lawsuits for $7.1 million.

Hertz filed for bankruptcy in 2020, which caused the court to order a stay in Polat’s case. However, a bankruptcy court approved the $7.1 million settlement in April 2021. As part of the settlement, the parties agreed to dismiss the initial complaint. 

Your Rights as an Hourly Employee

Every state has protections in place for employees of large corporations like Hertz. If you are an hourly employee at Hertz and are not receiving proper overtime pay, our California employment lawyers are here to help you.

A company’s failure to pay employees overtime wages is grounds for the wronged party to bring a lawsuit in California. Having represented employers for years, our attorneys can predict your employer’s legal strategies when you bring a case against them.

With millions recovered for our clients, we stand ready to help you with your claim against Hertz or another employer.


When a group of employees shares a common complaint against their employer, they can pursue a class-action lawsuit.

In California, class-action lawsuits hold employers accountable for wrongful actions against their workforce, protecting future employees from harm and compensating past or current employees.

At the Workplace Rights Law Group, our California class-action lawsuit attorneys passionately advocate for California workers.

With nearly 100 years of combined experience in employment law and millions of dollars recovered for our clients, we know how to take on large companies like Hertz.

If you are a current or former employee of Hertz and want to join the class-action lawsuit, give one of our California class-action lawsuit attorneys a call at 818-446-1045 for a free case review.

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