Trump's longtime personal driver sues for overtime wages

  • Trump's longtime personal driver sues for overtime wages

Trump's longtime personal driver sues for overtime wages

In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige President Donald Trump has, through the defendant entities, exploited and denied significant wages to his own longstanding personal driver.

Cintron - who still worked for the Trump Organization in security as of Monday, according to his lawyer - served as Trump's driver until mid-2016, when the real estate developer became the Republican presidential nominee and the Secret Service took over. The lawsuit says he worked as many as 55 hours a week for Trump, earning a salary of $62,700 in 2003 and $68,000 in 2006, according to the New York Daily News.

In 2010 he was given his second raise, to $75,000 - but on condition of surrendering his health benefits, which Mr Cintron alleges saved the Organization almost $18,000 per year.

"Donald Trump has proclaimed himself as a champion of working men and women, but nothing could be further from the truth", Hutcher said in a statement.

The allegations mirror numerous other claims made by contractors and workers for Trump's companies, who have frequently gone to court over claims of unpaid wages or fees.

Hutcher said that Cintron had repeatedly asked Trump for raises in the past, but - beyond those two instances - he was rebuffed. "President Trump's further callousness and cupidity is further demonstrated by the fact that while he is purportedly a billionaire, he has not given his personal driver a meaningful raise in over 12 years!"

Cintron's lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment. One of his only pay increases came with a catch as well: Cintron had to give up his health insurance in accordance with a 2010 raise.

Noel Cintron sued the tycoon-turned-president's business, the Trump Organization, in a NY state court.

In addition to the unpaid overtime, Cintron claims the Trump Organization failed to provide annual wage notices as required by NY law.

However, Cintron isn't the first of Trump's employees to sue him over the years, claiming that he failed to pay them.