Donald Trump’s former driver sues over unpaid wages

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

Chauffeur Noel Cintron filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization in the NY state court on Monday morning, seeking compensation for "thousands of hours" of allegedly unpaid overtime. The statute of limitations bars him from suing for uncompensated work beyond that time period.

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

In his complaint, "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".

Donald 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.

A NY man who said he was Donald Trump's personal driver for more than 20 years sued the USA president's company on Monday, claiming he was not paid for thousands of hours of overtime.

The allegations mirror numerous other claims made by contractors and workers for Trump's companies, who have frequently gone to court over claims of unpaid wages or fees.

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Also, the Trump Organization canceled his health insurance at one point, costing him the equivalent of $11,000.

He received just two raises over the past six years, but his 2010 raise "came with a catch, Cintron said".

Trump's Floridian golf resort was a year ago ordered to pay USD$32,000 to a paint supply company who alleged the President failed to pay for an order of paint that was used in resort renovations. The lawsuit says he worked as many as 55 hours a week for Trump, earning a salary of $62,700 in 2003 and $68,000 in 2006, according to the New York Daily News.

He said he became part of Trump's security staff after the Secret Service took over driving responsibilities in 2016.

"It's ironic that President Trump, who portrays himself as an advocate of the working man, doesn't see fit to pay his own driver a fair wage", Hutcher said in an interview.

The suit, filed by Noel Cintron in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday, seeks $178,200 for overtime pay and $5,000 in penalties in accordance with New York's labor laws.

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