Escambia County

Touart and McNesby being sued for not paying BP clean-up workers properly

November 8, 2012


On the day George Touart was being named Escambia County’s interim county administrator, he, his son Matthew and former Sheriff Ron McNesby were served for a federal lawsuit under the Federal Labor Standards Act. The suit was filed by attorney J.J. Talbott on the behalf of one of the trio’s former employees, William Burgess, in regard to his employment for their companies—Midwest Environmental Resources, Global Employment Services, Global Professional Solutions and PEC d/b/a Premier Safety Management.

The Touarts, McNesby and their companies were subcontractors as part of the BP oil spill clean-up operations. The court documents claim that each defendant has annual revenue of. at least, $500,000.

They hired Burgess on or about June 25, 2010 to perform clean-up duties in association with the April 2010 oil spill. His duties included locating, collecting and disposing of oil and oil debris on our beaches. His pay was to be $14/hour for 40 hours/week and $21/hr for any overtime.

Burgess alleges that the Touarts and McNesby failed to pay him for each and every hour that he worked, and as a result was not paid at least the minimum wage for each hour worked. He was allegedly not paid overtime wages when he worked in excess of 40 hours. He states in the court documents that the defendants didn’t maintain proper records on the hours he worked.

Read suit: Touart lawsuit.

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Has George Touart told the commissioners about this lawsuit? Has he given them a list of his businesses, clients, vendors and business partners?

  • Beer burp November 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Because he is King of Moral Victory

  • jeeperman November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Touart was not elected as or hired as a commissioner.
    So why does he think he should attend this Sarasota meeting ?

  • Jacqueline November 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I attended the Committee if the Whole meeting this morning and one of the FIRST things that they brought up was Touart approaching Larry Newsom wanting to go to the Sarasota meeting for the commissioners. Problem is, he is not employed yet!!!
    So Newsom said that the county would have to START George early, ASAP, if he was to be eligible to go.

    There was talk about making a recommendation that the board could officially pass in the next BCC meeting on Nov. 15th.

    Commissioner Robinson did not want to decide this until the new commissioners were on board, which would be Nov. 20th when they are installed. Robinson also said that there really wasn’t a need for Touart to attend because at least four commissioners would be there representing the county and there was no need for an extra expenditure of funds. (Wow, at least somebody gets it!)

    White did not attend the meeting or they probably would have pushed the issue. People need to be at the Nov. 15th meeting and speak out against the Touart hiring before they have him firmly entrenched!

    The next meeting will be the 9 am Agenda Review meeting on Nov 15th, then the Public Forum where you can speak out at 4:30 p.m., and then the regular meeting at 5:30 pm where they may try to bring this up again.

    People, write your commissioners and tell them how much you are against the Touart hire. Contact the new commissioners May & Barry, too! I think that there is hope for reasonableness if Robinson and Ms. Young can stave off them rushing this.

  • Bubbaz November 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    If for no other reason county commission needs to terminate simply to keep getting splattered with the Touart doo doo. Otherwise they best be putting on their hazmat suits and hip waders

  • jeeperman November 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

    no such thing as a recall process via popular vote in this county.
    And that is one more reason the GOB network fears a charter type county governance.

  • Maverick November 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Surprise, surprise, surprise, NOT.

    “The Touarts, McNesby and their companies were subcontractors as part of the BP oil spill clean-up operations.”

    Does this surprise anyone? Just like all places governed by a single party, isn’t the economic agenda tilted strongly to the benefit of elites in this county. That is the GOB system after all.

    Be that as it may, if the commission doesn’t fire Touart, time for a recall.

  • Ames November 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Is there a leaf in city and county government that does not shade the surface cross section of a deep, dark vein of corruption and political the connections that water that root?