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Former worker sues John McEnroe Tennis Academy over unpaid wages

John McEnroe announces the opening of the John

John McEnroe announces the opening of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Sportime Lake Isle on the grounds of the Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, Aug. 26, 2012. Credit: Leslie Barbaro

A Nassau County man says a Kings Park tennis center co-owned by former great John McEnroe failed to pay him and other workers their full wages.

In a suit filed Monday, Jose Magalhaes said he and others routinely worked 10-hour days at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Sportime NY, 275 Old Indian Head Rd., but weren't paid overtime or spread-hour wages, a state labor regulation that compensates workers when their workday exceeds 10 hours.

The suit identifies McEnroe, 56, a four-time U.S. Open champion and one of the sport's greatest players, as one of several owners of the tennis academy and seeks unpaid wages for overtime, unpaid spread-of-hours wages and all costs associated with the lawsuit, including attorney fees.

Magalhaes was a maintenance worker at the facility from March 2011 to June 2014; McEnroe also has another academy in Syosset, the suit says.

No others are named as plaintiffs in the suit, which said more than 50 other workers were underpaid. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.

Calls seeking comment from Sportime NY were not immediately returned.

Magalhaes is represented by attorney Marcus Monteiro of Hempstead. A woman answering the phone at his office Wednesday said the firm is not commenting on pending litigation.


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