FORT MYERS – A Lee County man alleges he was terminated in retaliation for a complaint to the Department of Labor about his former employer's pay practices.
Keven Edelen filed a complaint on Sept. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division against Professional Airline Terminal Services Inc. alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that from November 2014 to October 2015, he was employed by defendant to work as a skycap. He alleges he was not paid the applicable minimum wage salary and overtime wages, which led him to a complaint with the Department of Labor regarding the unfair practices of the defendant. Reportedly upon learning of the plaintiff's action, the defendant terminated his employment, which the plaintiff alleges caused him to suffer damages in the loss of wages and employment.
The plaintiff holds Professional Airline Terminal Services Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to compensate plaintiff with lawful wages and failed to maintain proper time and pay records.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant, back pay, damages, costs, expenses, attorney's fees and other relief deemed proper. He is represented by Angeli Murthy of Morgan & Morgan PA in Plantation.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division Case number 16-cv-00673