Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Donald Trump Is Sued by Former Driver for Overtime Pay

Donald Trump Is Sued by Former Driver for Overtime Pay

Noel Cintron is suing the Trump Organization, claiming he was stiffed for around 3,300 hours in overtime over six years and didn't receive a "meaningful" raise for more than a decade, TMZ reports.

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Cintron worked as Trump's driver for more than 20 years until Republican Party nominated the former real estate mogul to be president and the Secret Service took over his transportation needs.

The suit alleges federal and state labor law violations and seeks six years of unpaid overtime.

The unpaid overtime alone totaled more than $178,000, at $54.09 per hour, and could have been higher but for a statute of limitations, the complaint said.

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Noel Cintron sued the tycoon-turned-president's business, the Trump Organization, in a NY state court.

The driver started working for the Trump Organization about 30 years ago, and worked his way up to chauffeuring the president-to-be.

Cintron was earning an annual salary of $62,700 in 2003, the suit said, before getting a bump to $68,000 in 2006. Cintron said that he was not only responsible for driving Trump, his family and his business associates, but also had additional duties, which included "running personal errands" for Matthew Calamari, a former Trump Organization security guard who became a top executive at the company.

The suit says that during his tenure at the Trump Organization, Cintron regularly worked five days per week from about 7 a.m.

In 2010 he was given his second raise, to $75,000 - but on condition of surrendering his health benefits, which Mr Cintron alleges saved the Organization almost $18,000 per year.

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Cintron's lawsuit is a little pricier than that, seeking some USD$200,000 in damages not only for the withheld backpay, but also for the allegation that the Trump Organisation failed to provide him with annual wage notices, which is required by ny state law.

Cintron's lawyers said he is owed roughly $350,000.

"Mr. Cintron was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law". Cintron is seeking about $200,000 in damages, Hutcher said.

Hutcher said that Cintron had repeatedly asked Trump for raises in the past, but - beyond those two instances - he was rebuffed.

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