Former Trump chauffeur sues, claiming years of unpaid overtime

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

Noel Cintron said the Trump Organization has not paid him for 3,300 hours of overtime in the last six years, the most he can sue for because of a statute of limitations, and has not given him a "meaningful" raise for 12 years.

The Trump Organization, the umbrella company which is being run by the president's adult sons Donald Jr and Eric while their father is in office, said Cintron was "at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law".

He also accuses Mr Trump of only raising his salary twice in 15 years - and clawing the second raise back by stopping paying his health insurance.

"In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige", Trump and his businesses exploited the driver, Cintron says in the complaint.

Two lawyers for the Trump Organisation did not return phone calls on Monday seeking comment on the suit, which was filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

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Cintron says he was required to be on duty for Trump starting at 7 a.m. each day until whenever Trump, his family or business associates no longer required his services. The salary was $62,700 in 2003, $68,000 in 2006, and $75,000 in 2010.

President Trump's former chauffeur is suing the Trump Organization, saying he got stiffed on overtime pay, had his health care benefits slashed and was denied a raise for more than a decade. Cintron, whom Bloomberg reported is a registered Republican, still works for the Trump Organization as a member of the security staff. Trump has also fended off unrest among employees by paying them to dismiss litigation against him, despite his oft-repeated claims that he never settles lawsuits.

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

Larry Hutcher, a lawyer for Cintron, said his client had not sued sooner because he had been unaware of his rights, and that it was "regrettable" a lawsuit became necessary.

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.

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