Former employees of Chicagoland car dealer lodge class action suit alleging wage violations

By Matt Russell | Aug 12, 2014


Two former car dealer employees have filed a class action lawsuit over allegedly unlawful wage practices.

Glenn Meier and Gerald Oslance, both individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed suit July 14 in Cook County Circuit Court Chancery Division against Robert V. Rohrman and Robert V. Rohrman Inc., doing business as Bob Rohrman Auto Group.

According to the complaint, the defendants own dozens of car dealerships in the Chicagoland area and previously employed both of the plaintiffs.

Meier and Oslance claim for at least 20 years, the defendants have instituted company-wide policies and practices that require employees to subsidize certain company financial losses, such as from fraudulent purchases, third-party theft and uncollected debts, among others.

As a result, the suit alleges, the defendants' employees, including the plaintiffs, have substantial amounts deducted from their wages on an annual basis in violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

The plaintiffs are asking the court to certify a class, declare the defendants violated the state wage law and award them compensatory damages, as well as interest and costs.

They also want their attorneys to be appointed class counsel. They are being represented by Ryan F. Stephan, James B. Zouras, Andrew C. Ficzo and Teresa M. Becvar of Stephan Zouras LLP in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Chancery Division Case No. 2014CH11513.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court Chancery Disvision. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and it represents only one side of the story.

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