Former employee sues Erwin Hymer Group for back wages

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Editor’s note: We received the following information from Chris Wolcott, with the Wolcott Law Firm, which represents the plaintiff in this case. “Mr. Manoloff tried for two to three weeks to resolve this matter internally with Erwin Hymer Group.  They elected to force him to live without pay he earned.  You might be surprised that — due to his success as a sales rep — he is owed approximately $50,000 in unpaid commissions in addition to his vacation time and 10 days of pay.  The complaint seeks recovery of these full amounts.  As is standard pleading practice, we also asked for the penalties associated with failure to timely pay employees wages owed.  He is at great financial risk because of the non-payment of wages over the course of a year. Mr. Manoloff did not want to file suit.  Sometimes you don’t have any other options.  What might you do if your employer confirmed it owed you money but refused to pay you?  That was the situation that Mr. Manoloff brought to my law firm.  My firm makes no apologies for holding companies accountable when they violate an employee’s rights.”

 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Dan Manoloff, a former sales representative for Erwin Hymer Group North America (EHGNA) filed suit in federal court Feb. 14 accusing the company of failing to pay wages and bonuses owed, RV Daily Report has learned.

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana and accuses the company of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and Indiana minimum wage law.

According to the complaint, Manoloff sold RVs on behalf of EHGNA to RV dealers throughout the Midwest and eastern United States.

He claims he was not paid for hours worked from Jan. 15 to Jan. 25, nor did the company pay for his accrued vacation time. He is seeking wages and penalties exceeding $150,000.

Manoloff is seeking a jury trial.

 

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • Rick says:

    Sounds like a bit of a far fetched amount to sue for. Missed 10 days of wages and I would guess a year of vacation pay, and that equals $150,000?

    • Former Hymer Payroll says:

      Please Read the facts of Mr. Manoloff’s case before you judge. He wasn’t a factory worker. He was a Regional Sales Manager. Him along with all 8 of the other sales employees were not paid for Commisions. Some dating back to December 1st, 2018. I’m only saying this because I’ve known him for the past 3 yrs working with him. He hasn’t received a paycheck from Hymer in 3 months.

      • Lee Darren Jowett says:

        We should all be suing these dirtbags. Good for him .

      • Greg Gerber says:

        I wholeheartedly agree that employees deserve their pay. Nobody should be expected to work for free, and I hope that any employees who are owned money are pushed to the top of the line of creditors. It is far from greedy to get the pay due for honest work. We published this story not to make the employee look bad, and I am surprised several people did — including his own attorney. Rather, we published it to show the level of financial shenanigans involved at Erwin Hymer Group in that the company would go so far as to withhold pay for people who brought in money for the firm.

        GREG GERBER
        Editor, RV Daily Report

  • Richard welch says:

    ENOUGH ALLREADY…. the company went out of business and as tragic as that is.. it is a reality of business that it sometimes does happen. I hate the situation some of those folks who worked there are in. However, their carrying on like if they just cry enough the plant will magically reopen. There isn’t any money to pay you…

    • weworkedthere says:

      The reality is…..the people we put our trust in, the ones who outright lied to us are still not walking the streets without shame. ENOUGH ALREADY ???? We worked until 2;30 pm February 15th brainstorming on ways to make the production better the following Tuesday..pensions are missing, ROE employment are a mess and EI claims are being denied. The Erwin Hymer children and their group of flunkies here did this to 800+ families and continue to do it today. They have millions, billions…ENOUGH ALREADY???? Did you work there, are you sitting on the side of the road waiting for repairs?? Somehow I doubt it but if so, God be with you….you are going to need all the help you can get!!!

    • Lee Darren Jowett says:

      There is billions to pay us. Greedy inherent billionaire brats that may have committed fraud to achieve their goal of closing it down . This wasn’t about money. You are right about the complaining but wrong in thinking that this was some unavoidable situation.

  • Captn John says:

    I feel bad for employees but this makes them look greedy and stupid. Who wants employees like this?

    • Former Hymer Payroll says:

      Anyone would be lucky to hire him as an employee. He continued to work for 3 months without ever receiveing Commisions. I know because I wasn’t able to pay him.

    • weworkedthere says:

      It’s not the employees being greedy and stupid Sir….it is the Erwin Hymer family and their “chucklehead” executives.

    • Lee Darren Jowett says:

      Employees are out millions in severance. We should all be doing the same.Greedy ???? Billionaires claimed bankruptcy to not pay wages is greed.

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