PENSACOLA – A man claims his Santa Rosa Beach employer did not compensate him for the time needed to attend workers' compensation related appointments.
Anthony Tennis filed a complaint on Jan. 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division against Bel-Mac Roofing Inc. citing the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in November 2014, he was hired by the defendant as a roofer. On April 8, 2016, he alleges he was involved in a work-related accident and attended physical therapy sessions, drug tests and other medical needs at the direction of the defendant, but was told to use paid leave or was not paid at all for the hours needed for these appointments.
The plaintiff holds Bel-Mac Roofing Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly denied plaintiff of his right to receive at least minimum wages for every hour worked and showed reckless disregard of the provisions of the FLSA concerning the payment of minimum wages.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in his favor, declaratory relief, actual, liquidated and compensatory damages, attorney's fees, costs of suit and further relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Jeremiah J. Talbott and Tyler L. Gray of Law Office of Jeremiah J. Talbott PA in Pensacola.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division Case number 3:17-cv-00014