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ABC Debt Relief, Kevin Devoto and Lloyd Regner Sued Again. This Time With X-Rated Allegations.

ABC Debt Relief had been sued previously by one of their senior debt consultants, G. Chris Onorato. For some reason Onorato sought new counsel and filed a new suit against ABC Debt Relief and this time names Kevin Devoto as an owner of ABC Debt Relief.

Up until this point the fact Kevin Devoto was an owner of ABC Debt Relief has been secret or at least not publicly available as far as I could find. I first came across the name when ABC Debt Relief tried to get a story about them pulled from the site. See the update on this story. In the document that was sent to me it listed Kevin Devoto as owner and that started a search for who was the guy. I’d not heard of him before and his name was not listed in any other public document I’d seen about ABC Debt Relief.

From the September 10, 2010 suit by G. Chris Onorato against ABC Debt Relief, Lloyd Regner, and Kevin Devoto. – Source

  • Defendant Lloyd Regner (“Regner”) is an owner and Chief Executive Officer of
    ABC Debt Relief, Ltd. Co. During all material times, Regner was a supervisor of Plaintiff actively involved in the management of ABC. Service of process may be had on Lloyd Regner at 12655 N. Central Expressway, Suite 800, Dallas, Texas 75243.

  • Defendant Kevin Devoto is (“Devoto”) is an owner of ABC Debt Relief, Ltd. Co. During all material times, Devoto was a supervisor of Plaintiff actively involved in the management of ABC. Service of process may be had on Kevin Devoto at 12655 N. Central Expressway, Suite 800, Dallas, Texas 75243.
FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS
  • On or about January 3, 2010, Plaintiff became employed by ABC. Plaintiff’s job title was Senior Debt Consultant.
  • During Plaintiff’s employment with ABC, one of ABC’s other Senior Debt Consultants, Robert McLain, referred to one of ABC’s female employees, Melissa Laroach, as a “slut” and a “whore.” Laroach heard McLain do so and began crying. Plaintiff told McLain to stop doing so. McLain responded to Plaintiff, “You must be a faggot.” McLain then sent an email to ABC’s other employees with a “photo shopped” photograph attached which suggested that Plaintiff was holding a penis-shaped ice cream cone. McLain also told ABC’s other employees that Plaintiff drank “penis coladas.” Previously, McLain had distributed in the office a photograph of Mel Gibson and told others there that Plaintiff was in love with Gibson.
  • Plaintiff complained to ABC about McLain’s actions. Specifically, Plaintiff complained to Cameron Knox (Sales Manager), Devoto, and Rick Longo (Chief Financial Officer). After Plaintiff did so, ABC took away his position as a “team leader” and provided him with fewer leads than he had previously received. These actions resulted in Plaintiff losing income. ABC justified these actions based upon Plaintiff’s allegedly poor performance, but Plaintiff’s performance was better than that of other employees who were not subjected to these adverse employment actions.
  • On July 1, 2010, Plaintiff threatened ABC with legal action based upon the harassment, discrimination, and retaliation outlined above. At the same time, Plaintiff threatened ABC with legal action for violating the FLSA by failing to pay him overtime to which he was entitled.
  • During Plaintiff’s employment with ABC, Plaintiff routinely worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Defendants knew that Plaintiff was doing so and directed him to do so. Defendants did not pay Plaintiff at a rate of at least time-and-a-half for all hours in excess of 40 per week that Plaintiff worked.
  • ABC paid Plaintiff on a commission-only basis. ABC did not classify Plaintiff as an “exempt” employee, and Plaintiff’s duties did not make him exempt under the FLSA.
  • Shortly after Plaintiff threatened ABC with legal action, ABC placed Plaintiff on unpaid administrative leave. Since that date, Plaintiff has not been allowed to perform any work for ABC. Plaintiff has been constructively terminated.
  • Plaintiff is 50 years old. At all times, Plaintiff has been qualified to be a Senior Debt Consultant.
  • Younger, similarly-situated employees of ABC whose performance has not been as good as Plaintiff’s performance have not (a) had their title removed, (b) had leads taken from them, or (c) been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
  • Similarly-situated employees of ABC who did not complain of unlawful harassment and discrimination and whose performance has not been as good as Plaintiff’s performance have not (a) had their title removed, (b) had leads taken from them, or (c) been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
  • All of the adverse employment decisions involving Plaintiff, and the decision not to pay him overtime, were made in full or in part by Devoto and Regner.
  • As a result of Defendants’ wrongful conduct, Plaintiff has suffered emotional distress.
  • Defendants’ actions against Plaintiff were intentional, willful and malicious.

ABC Debt Relief, Kevin Devoto and Lloyd Regner Sued Again. This Time With X Rated Allegations.
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Update February 4, 2013

In a similar situation the court issued an opinion in Brian PARKER, Michael Frank, Mark Dailey,
and Jeremy Cozart, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v.
ABC DEBT RELIEF, LTD. CO., the Debt Answer, LLC, Lloyd Ward, P.C. d/ b/a Lloyd Ward & Associates, Lloyd Regner, and Lloyd ward, Defendants.

You can read that full court opinion here.

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  • DLO

    This is nothing but a witch hunt. Lloyd Regner did work ALL the time, Stephine Cherwin also worked all the time at the company. They are very nice and good people. This is about bad people taking advantage of good people like the named above to make up lies and try to get money from them. Shame on you all for the way you try to hurt others to benefit yourself. Oh you just drum up crap and make up stuff and hurt good people so you can try to profit. Shame, Shame on you. You do not have your facts straight and should remember it will come back to you someday. Always does and you will regret ever screwing with these nice people. If Stephine filed for a divorce….geez that happens a lot, marriage is tough, and so don’t make up stuff because they had some things to work on in their marriage. They are good parents, and very good people. Stop this now while you have time, don’t be so greedy as to take from these people because you want their money. What your doing to them is very sad. How do you sleep at night, Money won’t solve your life and you won’t be happy if you get money by hurting someone else.

  • Formerabcemployee

    Previous Employee of ABC-

    Robert get a life man, you call yourself a Chrisitian but there are so many things that you have done at CSA and also at ABC that are far from Chrisitan behavior. Don’t put up a front like our so called Coach at ABC (no names needed). The sad part is this is how the story played out but he can’t admit to his wrongful doing, you would think a Christian man would admit to his wrong doings and take ownership to try and resolve the issue. But not Robert he will just call Kevin and expect something to be taken care of since he messed up.

  • Steve Rhode

    Robert,

    If you are trying to reach the attorney that filed the suit you can find the firms information on the lawsuit linked in the story above. My article was that the suit was filed. The allegations made in the suit are reported by the attorneys, and part of the public record, for your friend and filed by the attorney on behalf of Chris.

    Is your claim that the attorneys are lying?

    If you are willing for me to call you and record a telephone interview with you about this case, let me know and I’ll be happy to do that so you can get your side of the story out.

    If you want to talk to the people that made and filed the allegations you need to talk to the attorneys below. They are the attorneys for Chris Onorato. But you might want to have your attorney speak to them on your behalf instead of you contacting them directly.

    Robert J. Wood, Jr.
    State Bar No. 00788712
    rwood@felllawfirm.com

    Gregory B. Fell
    State Bar No. 00790670
    gfell@felllawfirm.com

    3021 E. Renner Road, Suite 140
    Richardson, Texas 75082
    972-488-8177
    972-664-0470 (fax)

  • Robert

    You have recently defamed my name on the internet. I am a good christian person and have never done anything to anyone. You have cost me and my family with your false reporting. I know you are a corporate ambulance chaser but if you are a christian man at all, please listen. You cant take allegations and ruin the names of good people because of unproven information .I am Robert McLain of the recent allegation of Chris Onorato. If you want the real story .. Call me. I will clear up all the details. I just spoke to Mr. Onorato today and he claims he never said any of this and that he is sorry. He has been friend of mine and has even hung out with me several occassions even after the supposed allegation. I have receipts, pictures and proof. He is out of work, and homeless right now. He has a similar suit agains another company.

  • Robert

    You have recently defamed my name on the internet. I am a good christian person and have never done anything to anyone. You have cost me and my family with your false reporting. I know you are a corporate ambulance chaser but if you are a christian man at all, please listen. You cant take allegations and ruin the names of good people because of unproven information .I am Robert McLain of the recent allegation of Chris Onorato. If you want the real story .. Call me. I will clear up all the details. I just spoke to Mr. Onorato today and he claims he never said any of this and that he is sorry. He has been friend of mine and has even hung out with me several occassions even after the supposed allegation. I have receipts, pictures and proof. He is out of work, and homeless right now. He has a similar suit agains another company.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Robert,

      If you are trying to reach the attorney that filed the suit you can find the firms information on the lawsuit linked in the story above. My article was that the suit was filed. The allegations made in the suit are reported by the attorneys, and part of the public record, for your friend and filed by the attorney on behalf of Chris.

      Is your claim that the attorneys are lying?

      If you are willing for me to call you and record a telephone interview with you about this case, let me know and I’ll be happy to do that so you can get your side of the story out.

      If you want to talk to the people that made and filed the allegations you need to talk to the attorneys below. They are the attorneys for Chris Onorato. But you might want to have your attorney speak to them on your behalf instead of you contacting them directly.

      Robert J. Wood, Jr.
      State Bar No. 00788712
      rwood@felllawfirm.com

      Gregory B. Fell
      State Bar No. 00790670
      gfell@felllawfirm.com

      3021 E. Renner Road, Suite 140
      Richardson, Texas 75082
      972-488-8177
      972-664-0470 (fax)

    • Formerabcemployee

      Previous Employee of ABC-

      Robert get a life man, you call yourself a Chrisitian but there are so many things that you have done at CSA and also at ABC that are far from Chrisitan behavior. Don’t put up a front like our so called Coach at ABC (no names needed). The sad part is this is how the story played out but he can’t admit to his wrongful doing, you would think a Christian man would admit to his wrong doings and take ownership to try and resolve the issue. But not Robert he will just call Kevin and expect something to be taken care of since he messed up.

      • Jennifersmith

        Robert McLain is scamming again at another debt settlement company called “Nationwide Debt Direct”. 

      • Vcleme

        hello, could you contact me?

  • Steve Rhode

    If you click on the source link in the story you will find the lawsuit where the statements and allegations came from. The story is totally factual and true. It is about the suit, not the event. I was not there for the event but the allegations reported are part of the public record and contained in the linked document. It will be up to a court and jury to determine the outcome of the case.

    So how did I not check my facts?

    I found out about this from Courthouse News. They reported it before I did, are you going to be mad at them also?

    Here was their version:

    Employer of the Week

    DALLAS (CN) – A man who tried to stop the cruel sexual harassment of a co-worker, which made her cry, claims he was told, “You must be a faggot,” then demoted and constructively fired. He sued ABC Debt Relief and its owners in Federal Court.

    G. Chris Onorato, a senior debt consultant for ABC, claims he stepped in when “one of ABC’s other senior debt consultants, Robert McLain, referred to one of ABC’s female employees, Melissa Laroach, as a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore.’ Laroach heard McLain do so and began crying. Plaintiff told McLain to stop doing so. McLain responded to plaintiff, ‘You must be a faggot.’ McLain then sent an email to ABC’s other employees with a ‘photo shopped’ photograph attached which suggested that plaintiff was holding a penis-shaped ice cream cone. McLain also told ABC’s other employees that plaintiff drank ‘penis coladas.’”

    Onorato says he complained to defendant Kevin Devoto, an owner of ABC, and other managers, who retaliated by demoting him, reducing his sales leads, and income, and putting him on unpaid leave, effectively firing him.

    He seeks reinstatement, lost income and punitive damages for discrimination, retaliation and Labor Code violations. He is represented by Robert Wood of Richardson, Texas.

    The only defendants are ABC Debt Relief, Lloyd Regner and Kevin Devoto. – Source

  • JA

    It is amazing how someone is just able to post something that is totally false. You should be ashamed and mabey do a little research before you post something that has absolutely no merritt. Who is holdng YOU accountable for the things that you are posting. This is a disgrace !!!
    Any comments made by Chris Onorato are blown way out of proprtion and if you fully intend to inform the general public you should do some research before you publicly ruin someone’s name.

  • JA

    It is amazing how someone is just able to post something that is totally false. You should be ashamed and mabey do a little research before you post something that has absolutely no merritt. Who is holdng YOU accountable for the things that you are posting. This is a disgrace !!!
    Any comments made by Chris Onorato are blown way out of proprtion and if you fully intend to inform the general public you should do some research before you publicly ruin someone’s name.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      If you click on the source link in the story you will find the lawsuit where the statements and allegations came from. The story is totally factual and true. It is about the suit, not the event. I was not there for the event but the allegations reported are part of the public record and contained in the linked document. It will be up to a court and jury to determine the outcome of the case.So how did I not check my facts?I found out about this from Courthouse News. They reported it before I did, are you going to be mad at them also?Here was their version:Employer of the WeekDALLAS (CN) – A man who tried to stop the cruel sexual harassment of a co-worker, which made her cry, claims he was told, “You must be a faggot,” then demoted and constructively fired. He sued ABC Debt Relief and its owners in Federal Court. G. Chris Onorato, a senior debt consultant for ABC, claims he stepped in when “one of ABC’s other senior debt consultants, Robert McLain, referred to one of ABC’s female employees, Melissa Laroach, as a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore.’ Laroach heard McLain do so and began crying. Plaintiff told McLain to stop doing so. McLain responded to plaintiff, ‘You must be a faggot.’ McLain then sent an email to ABC’s other employees with a ‘photo shopped’ photograph attached which suggested that plaintiff was holding a penis-shaped ice cream cone. McLain also told ABC’s other employees that plaintiff drank ‘penis coladas.’”Onorato says he complained to defendant Kevin Devoto, an owner of ABC, and other managers, who retaliated by demoting him, reducing his sales leads, and income, and putting him on unpaid leave, effectively firing him.He seeks reinstatement, lost income and punitive damages for discrimination, retaliation and Labor Code violations. He is represented by Robert Wood of Richardson, Texas.The only defendants are ABC Debt Relief, Lloyd Regner and Kevin Devoto. – Source

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