PENSACOLA, Fla. – A Florida man is suing the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, owner of a thrift store warehouse where he works, claiming they committed wage fraud by not paying him minimum wage.
Abdo Peters filed a lawsuit Jan. 7 in U.S. District Court for Pensacola Division of the Northern District of Florida against the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Council of Pensacola-Tallahassee Inc., alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, Peters worked in maintenance and delivery for the defendant's Pensacola warehouse for three years, allegedly without pay for hours worked in excess of 40 per week. Peters claims the Society of St. Vincent DePaul would defer overtime hours to another pay period to avoid having to pay time and a half. As a result, his pay was less than the hourly federal minimum.
Peters seeks a jury trial and recovery of the lost wages, plus legal fees. He is represented by attorneys Jeremiah Talbott and Tyler L. Gray of the Law Office of Jeremiah J. Talbott P.A. of Pensacola.
U.S. District Court for the Pensacola Division of the Northern District of Florida Case number 3:16-cv-00011