Hanlees Wage Theft Class Action

Firm opposes effort to force arbitration in employment dispute

March 5, 2018 – Firm lawyers Nick Carlin and Brian Conlon filed papers today opposing the petition of Hanlees Auto Group to compel individual arbitration of wage theft class action claims arising from Hanlees’ systematic failure to provide meal and rest breaks to its workers while falsifying time records to make it look like they were getting such breaks.  In those papers, the firm’s lawyers argued that the purported arbitration agreement is invalid and unenforceable and that it would essentially be a “get-out-of-jail free card” for Hanlees.  Hanlees owns and operates 16 car dealerships in California; hundreds of current and past employees have potentially been impacted by the practices alleged in the firm’s lawsuit.  A hearing on the matter in the Alameda County Superior Court is expected shortly.  For more information on the case, or if you have had similar employment experience with Hanlees, click here.


Firm is investigating allegations of Labor Code violations against the Hanlees Auto Group. Allegations against the car dealership group consist of failing to provide proper meal and rest breaks, failing to pay premium wages for missed meal and rest breaks, requiring employees to work off the clock, and instructing administrators to alter time records of employees. Potentially affected employees include auto mechanics and technicians, clerical workers such as receptionists and customer service representatives, service writers, and salespeople. For more information on the investigation, please visit our investigative page.