- President Donald Trump’s longtime personal driver sued the Trump Organisation on Monday.
- The driver, Noel Cintron, claims Trump stiffed him on thousands of hours of overtime pay.
- Cintron said in the lawsuit that Trump only gave him two raises in 15 years. One of those raises, he said, required him to give up his health insurance.
- “Mr. Cintron was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law,” a Trump Organisation spokesperson said in a statement provided to Business Insider. “Once the facts come out we expect to be fully vindicated in court.”
President Donald Trump’s longtime personal driver sued his business on Monday over claims the former real estate developer failed to pay him for overtime and only gave him two raises in a 15-year span.
Noel Cintron, who was Trump’s driver for more than 25 years, sued the Trump Organisation for more than 3,000 hours of overtime he said he worked during the past six years. Cintron, whom Bloomberg reported is a registered Republican, still works for the Trump Organisation as a member of the security staff.
A Trump Organisation spokesperson said Cintron’s lawsuit was frivolous.
“Mr. Cintron was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law,” the spokesperson said in a statement provided to Business Insider. “Once the facts come out we expect to be fully vindicated in court.”
Cintron’s suit seeks $US178,200 in overtime pay and $US5,000 in penalties under New York’s labour law. Cintron can’t sue for overtime prior to the past six years because of the statute of limitations.
“In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige,” Trump and his business exploited the driver, Cintron says in the lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Cintron said he worked as many as 55 hours per week, with shifts that could begin as early as 7 a.m., but was paid on a fixed salary. 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. That $US7,000 pay raise increased his salary to $US75,000, but the health insurance he lost was worth $US18,000, according to the suit.
“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 said.
Lawyers for the Trump Organisation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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