Trump being sued for allegedly stiffing his ex-chauffeur

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Noel Cintron, 59, who said he served as Trump's driver for more than 20 years, alleges that Trump did not pay him the time-and-a-half overtime wages required under NY state law.

Noel Cintron, who served as the NY businessman's driver until Trump received Secret Service protection in 2016, is demanding the recovery of compensation from his time working for the Trump Organization in a lawsuit filed Monday with the Supreme Court of NY.

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. He worked as long as 55 hours per week, but was paid a fixed salary of $62,700 in 2003, $68,000 in 2006, and $75,000 in 2010, according to the complaint.


Trump didn't give Cintron a raise in over 12 years - and even yanked health insurance worth almost $18,000 a year, according to court papers.

"President Trump's further callousness and cupidity is further demonstrated by the fact that while he is purportedly a billionaire, he has not given his personal driver a meaningful raise in over 12 years!"

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.


Bloomberg notes that Cintron is a registered Republican, and public records show a man with the same name donated just under $1,000 to Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

Donald Trump was not named as a defendant. And one, he said, came with an unusual condition - to get a $7,000 pay increase, Cintron was told he had to give up his Trump Organization health insurance.

Lawyers for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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. "Noel Cintron worked for him days, nights and weekends, but year after year Trump refused to pay him the wages he had earned".

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