Trump only agreed to give his driver a raise if he gave up his health insurance.
Trump’s disdain for the working class seems to know no bounds.
Now Trump’s longtime personal driver is suing him for more than 3,000 hours in overtime pay.
In his complaint, Noel Cintron accuses the Trump Organization of behaving “in an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige.”
Cintron worked for Trump for more than 25 years. He was required to be on duty starting at 7 a.m. and often worked 55 hours a week, yet he was paid a fixed salary without overtime. He received just two pay raises over the last 15 years, Bloomberg reports.
He claims that second pay raise only came because he agreed to give up his health insurance, saving Trump approximately $18,000 each year.
None of this cruel behavior is new for Trump.
In 2016, USA Today published a lengthy investigation detailing hundreds of allegations from contractors and employees Trump had stiffed over the years.
“At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work,” the newspaper reported. “Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.”
Additionally, his companies have been cited two dozen times for failing to pay its employees overtime or the minimum wage.
Trump was especially cruel toward employees and contractors at his Atlantic City casinos, “who collectively lost millions of dollars in retirement savings when the company’s value plummeted,” according to Mother Jones.
While hundreds of workers suffered, and the business ultimately declared bankruptcy, Trump did just fine. He kept his $2 million annual salary and even called the whole failure “a success.”
He has shrugged off the thousands of complaints, insisting that if workers were not paid, it’s because they didn’t deserve it.
“Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely,” he said.
Maybe that will be the pathetic excuse he offers to defend seemingly stiffing the man who drove him for nearly three decades out of his hard-earned pay.
Published with permission of The American Independent.