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Unfortunately, you are in about the worst state for this to happen in. Florida has a very poorly functioning Department of Labor and, most often, people have to file a personal suit in order to get any relief.
That being said, you are partially correct in your request concerning pay and the employer has retaliated against you for making the request, which is also a legal violation. Just to clear up exactly what the issue is, if you are driving from workplace to workplace, that drive time is compensable time once your workday starts.
However, you have no legal right to mileage or gas money. The fact that they pay that to a manager is not legally relevant. You have the right to keep track of mileage and deduct that from your taxes at the end of the year as an expense related to work, and because of that, an employer is not legally obligated to pay mileage or wear and tear on your vehicle.
But again, you do have right to be paid for your time in the car, driving from one work location to another. You need to find a local attorney though to sue for unpaid wages and retaliation based on your having made a complaint concerning a Fair Labor Standards Act issue. You might first call the Florida Department of Labor to see if they will help because there is retaliation involved. Normally, they do not address wage claims, but the added retaliation might make them want to help. You can also call the Federal Department of Labor, at their Florida office, to see if this is something they'd help with.
Otherwise, you'd be stuck using local counsel with your own funds.
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