Monday, 16 July, 2018

Trump's personal driver for 25 years sues for unpaid overtime

Donald Trump's Personal Driver Sues for a Ton of Overtime Pay Trump's longtime driver sues for thousands of hours of unpaid overtime: report | TheHill
Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 10:41

Noel Cintron, 59, is suing the Trump Organization in court in Manhattan for 3,300 hours of overtime that he says he worked in the past six years, totalling around $178,000 (£135,000).

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

Trump's personal driver for more than 25 years says the billionaire real estate developer didn't pay him overtime and raised his salary only twice in 15 years, clawing back the second raise by cutting off his health benefits.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Wolf in July Fourth salute: "God bless abortions and God bless America" Graham: Trump's Supreme Court picks "all winners" Man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Trump supporters, GOP lawmaker MORE's longtime driver has filed a lawsuit claiming he was subjected to years of unpaid overtime work, according to multiple reports.

The Trump Organization confirmed that Cintron was an employee but said he had been paid "generously" and that the company would win in court.

Before Donald Trump rode presidential limousines, above, he had a personal driver for more than 20 years.

Also, the Trump Organization canceled his health insurance at one point, costing him the equivalent of $11,000. "Noel Cintron worked for him days, nights and weekends, but year after year Trump refused to pay him the wages he had earned".

The wage bump in 2010 came with a catch, Cintron said.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters Donald Trump sits in a limousine as he leaves Manhattan Supreme Court after jury duty on August 17, 2015.

A Trump Organization spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call for comment on the driver's lawsuit. He lost his position once Trump became president and the Secret Service took over the driving, reported NY Daily News. Cintron is seeking about $200,000 in damages, Hutcher said.

The suit alleges federal and state labour law violations and seeks six years of unpaid overtime - the legal time limit for such claims - plus interest, attorneys' fees and unspecified damages.