JACKSONVILLE – A former produce manager for a supermarket chain alleges he is disabled but his claim for disability benefits was denied.

Anthony Gray filed a complaint on Dec. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division against Publix Supermarkets Inc. and Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co. citing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, in 2014, he became disabled due to osteoarthritis and applied for disability benefits but was denied. The plaintiff holds Publix Supermarkets Inc. and Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co. responsible because the defendants allegedly denied plaintiff's application for long-term disability benefits on May 24, 2016, and continues to do so despite appeals.

The plaintiff seeks declare that the plaintiff is entitled to long-term disability benefits from May 24, 2016, through the present, all benefits not paid to the plaintiff plus interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Christopher J. Kinnaman of Postillion Law Group LLC in Jacksonville.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division Case number 3:16-cv-01576-HES-JBT

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