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Sarasota County school bus drivers file wage theft suit

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Should school bus drivers get overtime pay for being stuck in traffic or “sweeping (out) the bus”? A group of current and former Sarasota County school bus drivers says “yes” in a federal lawsuit filed this week in Tampa. They sued the county school board for “wage theft” for not being paid for a long list of time-consuming parts of the job. All their examples made up what they call “not paying employees for time worked beyond the time estimated by…

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All caps email leads to lawsuit against Sha’Ron James

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A 64-year-old former employee of state Insurance Consumer Advocate Sha’Ron James says she was wrongly fired for, among other things, “sending James an email in all capital letters.” James had told the worker, Camille Rawls, that she “should have known (that’s) ‘the same as yelling at someone in person,’ ” according to a lawsuit Rawls filed in Leon County Circuit Civil court last week. Rawls, who says she’s the victim of age discrimination under the Florida Civil Rights Act, seeks damages of…

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Pinellas woman sues Donald Trump for ownership of White House

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We don’t know why, but a St. Petersburg woman is suing Republican presidential nominee and locker room talker Donald Trump over ownership of the White House. Lillie R. Daniels filed her one-and-a-half page complaint in the Pinellas-Pasco Sixth Judicial Circuit last week. Her demand is plain: She asserts she is the “owner of the railroad track, (and) that makes me owner of the White House.” Which railroad track? We know not. She does helpfully give the address of the property in question: 1600 Pennsylvania…

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Cancer patient sues St. Pete PD claiming she was mistakenly arrested

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A cancer victim is suing the St. Petersburg Police Department claiming they used excessive force when they mistakenly arrested her. Among the multiple claims Carleen Tetreault is making in the suit, which was filed earlier this month by Clearwater attorney John F. McGuire: — She was denied her civil rights. — Police used excessive force when they took her from her home to the police station. — She was falsely arrested. — She was falsely imprisoned. — The officers were…

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Dan Raulerson sued over Wite-Out on campaign form

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Incumbent state Rep. Dan Raulerson‘s Democratic opponent has sued him, challenging the credentials he used to qualify to run for office. Namely, Democrat Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa this week alleged that Raulerson should be disqualified for the House District 58 race because someone used “correction fluid,” such as Wite-Out, on his paperwork, his suit said. He’s suing Raulerson, a two-term Plant City Republican, and Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer, Secretary of State Ken Detzner in his role as the state’s chief elections officer, and Kristi…

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Dispute between Michael Pinson and real estate company catches title company in the middle

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A dispute over a real estate commission has caught a Pinellas title company in the middle. Now the company is asking the court to take control of the fee and decide who’s entitled to the money. The dispute arises from the sale of a condominium owned by Pinson Development LLC of Clearwater. Michael Pinson, a Republican activist, is the manager and registered agent for Pinson Development, according to records from the Florida Department of State corporations division. Pinson said he…

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Southern Poverty Law Center files complaing about Pinellas County School System

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Claiming that black and disabled students are disproportionately arrested and restrained, the Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Pinellas County School System. The suit asks that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice investigate and compel Pinellas County Schools to revise its arrest policies and practices. The SPLC also wants the OCR and DOJ to restrict the use of chemical weapons on students; eliminate arrests…

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