Avis Budget Group - Agency Operator Not Worth It
USA, NEW JERSEY -- I'd like to add my "3 Cents" to Avis' Agency Operator position. This position is a total miss-classification of an independent contractor status that the State and US Dept of Labor is looking hard into. As a few other posts have stated, they sell you on the sizzle but when you look for the steak it isn't their and will not be found. THIS IS NOT YOUR BUSINESS, as they tell you, you are working for them for less than minimum wage - long hours, insurance costs, Workman's comp, employee costs. These costs all come out of your monthly commission check. I'm all for hard work but when you get taken advantage of, that's when it becomes a problem.
Be advised that if you have to sign a contract that has at a minimum of 50 pages in it, their is no protection for you it is all one sided, in ABG favor.
Most independent operators that leave are all small and do not have the time or finances to combat this practice. The best way to do this is not with a class action lawsuit (it may tied up in the courts for a long time) but through your state dept of labor, Attorney General's office and a your state public representative.
A lawsuit that is in CA right now has not gone away, and there is a good reason for this. Hopefully someone that is interested in this will not do it you're better off working a few part time jobs, remember if the contract is that big it's for a reason that benefits them not you. Makes you wonder why the other auto rental companies are not doing this IC relationship also?