The owner of a landscaping company that was accused in a lawsuit of cheating foreign workers out of money has vehemently denied the allegations.
Burke Skelton, the owner of Murfreesboro-based Outdoors Unlimited, also said that he had not previously seen cell phone video taken by a former worker that appears to show one of his supervisors pushing a worker down a gravel road. Skelton, in his statement, said that he would be investigating the actions on the video.
Three former workers at the Murfreesboro-based landscaping company sued, accusing the firm of trafficking in forced labor.
All three were from Guatemala and got H2-B visas that allowed them to work temporarily in the U.S.
Skelton said that he used the H2-B visas because he wanted to make sure he hired legally.