Alleged Kent Security Mace Attack Clarification

In the lawsuit against Kent Security Services Inc. over an alleged mace attack in Pembroke Pines, the parties are apparently in disagreement over the proper name of the defendant. Public records indicate that the defendant prefers being referred to as Kent Security of Palm Beach Inc., whereas the plaintiff prefers Kent Security Services Inc.

Either way, this case is clearly of public interest as physical encounters between private security officers and the public have become an increasingly hot topic, similar to physical encounters between law enforcement officers and the public. For the sake of public safety, this is a topic that needs to be discussed to lessen the number of unnecessary injuries or deaths.

Here is the document indicating that that there is a dispute over the proper name of the defendant. Regardless of the outcome, it is our hope that such horrific incidents will become less frequent in our society.  Given the sensational nature of this alleged attack, all security companies in Florida should familiarize themselves with the case to brainstorm ways to prevent or defuse this type of incident.

Kent Security Miami Year in Review 2016

We made a video highlighting the 2016 mega scandals of Kent Security of Miami as well as our campaign to promote worker rights and public safety. These scandals have brought about the creation of many adjectives to describe the indescribable. These scandals have been described as mind-blowing, ground-shaking, earth-shattering, breath-taking, and brain-rattling. Other adjectives that could be used are tectonic plate-shifting, ego-crushing, head-spinning, logic-defying, self-deflating, and idiocracy-promoting. The list of adjectives that try to capture the pinnacle of the inane yet fail is endless.

Here is the video. If you have a better adjective, please share it with us. This is quite a challenge.

Kent Security Services Inc. of Miami Sued by Two Salespeople

Kent Security Services Inc. of Miami was sued by two salespeople within an 18 month span between 2013 and 2014. This is significant given the similarity of the complaints, and once again points to the Miami-based company being continually plagued by scandals.

Make no mistake: this is yet another explosive scandal that is sure to rock the entire state of Florida, as it comes to grips with the already shocking “Wall of Shame” scandal of Naples and the alleged mace attack by a Kent Security officer in Pembroke Pines, as well as the latest pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Kent Security of Palm Beach Inc., to name a few.

It is not an easy task to compile all of these lawsuits that are clearly of public interest. However, the public interest requires this massive effort to make the company’s activities and history transparent for the public.

The more I delve into the company’s past, the more I realize how it continues to surpass itself in its brazen conduct. Obviously, while we cannot comment on the merits of these complaints not involving us, we are stunned that a company can have so many lawsuits in a short span of time. Here is the latest video on these two related lawsuits by former Kent Security salespeople. It appears at least one of these lawsuits was settled.

Kent Security Sued by Pregnant Former Employee

Kent Security of Palm Beach is being sued by a pregnant former employee who is claiming she was discriminated against by the company due to her pregnancy. She claims she was moved from the corporate building to an unfinished home lacking a restroom, according to her complaint. She also claims she was verbally abused in an effort to make her quit, which she eventually did. The plaintiff is represented by Richard Celler Legal PA, a firm that previously has sued the company for pregnancy discrimination and reportedly attained a settlement. The lawsuit was filed in Miami on August 31, 2016.

Here is the video with documentation on the lawsuit. Here is the lawsuit on Slideshare.

 

Kent Security Services Inc. of Miami Received Court Sanction

Kent Security Services Inc. of Miami received a court sanction in 2010 for not complying with a court order. This occurred less than a year before Kent Security made the news for allegedly engaging in wage theft and not complying with Miami’s “living wage” ordinance.

In this case, brought by Leslie Langbein, who previously represented Kent Security Services of Miami against Ms. Greenfield in a pregnancy discrimination case, according to a 32BJ SEIU press release, there appears to have been a dispute over billing.

This is yet another example of the troubled history of the Miami-based company. The company made the news in Miami due to allegations of severe and reckless workplace bullying in a Naples guardhouse. The corporate headquarters refused to answer the phone calls of Fox 4 of Cape Coral when they sought answers from the company.

Here is a video with documentation on the court sanction against the company in 2010:

Kent Security Services Manipulates Online Reviews

[Note: While it’s possible in theory for someone to create a fake account and impersonate someone else online, this appears to be a genuine posting given that it has been left up for two weeks with no reporting or flagging. It would also make no sense for someone to make a fake account to post a positive review in order to attack that person. Furthermore, as shown in this post, Kent Security Services has an average rating of 1.8 out of 5 stars, showing that the company already has a negative reputation online, in addition to the negative news coverage documented here and elsewhere.]

Kent Security Services, based in North Miami, has been busted posting a fake review nakedly. The CEO of the company, Gil Neuman, violated Google’s TOS by giving his own company a review. It is considered a conflict of interest and is dubbed “astroturfing.” In New York and elsewhere, it is also considered false advertising and is punishable if done repeatedly. Of course, given that the CEO of Kent Security used his own name, the violation was done out of ignorance, but regardless reviewing one’s own company is widely regarded as unethical.

Here is the evidence:

Kent Security Services fake review.

Notice the CEO’s review is surrounded by very negative reviews: out of five possible stars, the company averages 1.8 with a total of 30 reviews. The most likely reason for this desperate move by the CEO is concern about negative reviews by former employees. Instead of nakedly posting a fake review, Mr. Neuman would have been better off trying to figure out why there is so much hostility from employees and former employees towards the company, and thus work on preventing such reviews in the first place. Posting a fake review so nakedly only exposes the company to ridicule and makes the situation worse.

Here is Google’s rule against posting reviews for one’s own company (“astroturfing”):

Conflict of interest Google TOS.

Here are other reviews of Kent Security, including my own which mentions the newsworthy “Wall of Shame” scandal covered by the Miami New Times and Fox 4 of Cape Coral, that has sent shockwaves throughout South Florida:

Kent Security Services bad reviews.

Notably, the company recently settled a complaint to the Labor Board from a former employee in Naples and has been issued another hearing notice from the same agency based on a complaint that appears to originate from Marco Island.

Again, instead of resorting to posting fake reviews, the company may want to look within on why it’s getting so many complaints from people.

Lawsuit Against Kent Security Services Inc.

There is currently a lawsuit pending against Kent Security Services Inc., alleging negligence due to a mace attack in Pembroke Pines, a city between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The motion to amend by interlineation more recently filed aims to substitute Kent Security Services Inc. for Kent Security of Palm Beach Inc.

This video which provides documentation on the pending legal case aims to promote public safety by stimulating thought and discussion about physical encounters between security officers and the public. While we take no stance on the merits of the case, we believe the public has a right to know about these incidents.

Kent Security is no stranger to controversy: the company is currently embroiled in the “Wall of Shame” scandal that has sent shock waves throughout the state of Florida and stimulated discussion on workplace bullying. This story was covered by the Miami New Times and Fox 4 of Cape Coral.