Owing OSHA $2.2M, Jacksonville roofing contractor could face jail

Erin Browne

A Jacksonville roofing contractor who has been at odds with federal work-safety regulators for years could be jailed for not paying $2.2 million in fines.

A federal judge has recommended locking up Travis Slaughter, who was found in contempt of court in 2020 over payments he owes the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“Mr. Slaughter has knowingly and intentionally avoided complying with the directives of the … contempt order,” Senior U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger wrote in a report that was forwarded to an Atlanta appeals court deciding the contractor’s fate.

Slaughter’s lawyer is arguing his client “has complied to the best of his ability” with the court’s orders and didn’t get to tell his side before being found in contempt.

The decision by the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will involve how government handles a business owner who admitted ignoring earlier enforcement efforts but argues the steps being considered now violate his rights.


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