NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump’s ex personal chauffeur on Monday sued the Trump Organization for years of unpaid overtime, claiming he was exploited and denied a meaningful raise in more than a decade.
Noel Cintron, who served as driver for Trump, his family and businesses for more than 25 years, was replaced by the Secret Service when his boss won the Republican nomination for president in 2016. He then joined the security staff.
The New York lawsuit, dated Monday, is seeking to recover more than 3,000 hours in overtime, penalties, damages and lawyers’ fees for the “harm” Cintron suffered while on the Trump company payroll.
“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,” the 14-page lawsuit states.
While Trump is “purportedly a billionaire, he has not given his personal driver a meaningful raise in over 12 years!” it alleged.
Cintron generally worked five days a week from 7:00 am to whenever he was no longer needed, on average 50-55 hours a week, according to the suit.
In December 2010, he was given a $7,000 raise to $75,000 a year, but only after losing his health benefits, saving his employer nearly $18,000 a year in insurance premiums, according to the lawsuit.
He never got another raise, and Trump failed to reimburse him for accrued vacation time and sick days, and work expenses, the complaint says.
Cintron, it says, was not paid overtime for more than 20 years, but under the statute of limitations can only claim six years’ worth, which the lawsuit put at a total of 3,300 hours owed at “time and one-half.”
The Trump Organization, which is being run by the president’s adult sons Donald Jr. and Eric while their father is in office, did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.
The New York Daily News quoted one of Cintron’s lawyers as saying with back wages, interest and legal fees, his client was owed about $350,000.__Hindustan Times