The Florida home improvement corporation, JF & MB Home Improvement and Landscaping, Inc., is being sued by one of its former employees for wrongful termination. The lawsuit, filed late last month by an employee who says he was fired in retaliation for complaining about unpaid wages, cites claims relating to retaliation, unpaid wages, wrongful termination and breach of lease agreement.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed on Oct. 20 in the Middle District of Florida’s U.S. District Court, the home improvement company did not fulfill its duty to compensate the aggrieved employee at the correct rate for all of the hours he worked. Allegedly, the plaintiff was employed by the defendant in July 2014, and had entered into an agreement to be properly paid for all of the work he completed. However, the plaintiff claims that he did not receive his minimum applicable hourly wages, nor did he receive appropriate overtime pay.
The plaintiff says that when he complained about not receiving the wages he was owed, the landscaping company terminated him out of retaliation. The former landscaping employee has requested a jury trial and is asking for compensation for damages, court costs, attorneys’ fees and other relief deemed appropriate by the court.
No Florida employee should ever be denied appropriate and just payment by an employer for wages earned during his or her employment. Even worse, when an employee brings forward the issue of non-payment of wages to his or her employer, the law protects the employee from retaliatory actions — such as termination — by the employer. Florida workers who have been wrongfully terminated and/or who have suffered non-payment of wages may wish to seek assistance from an employment law attorney pursue a legal action in court.
Source: Florida Record, “Employee accuses home improvement company of wrongful termination after he complained about unpaid wages,” Jenie Mallari-Torres, Nov. 04, 2016