Trump's Longtime Personal Driver Sues Over 'Callous' Treatment

He says he was denied raises, stiffed for overtime pay
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2018 1:47 AM CDT
Trump's Driver Says He Was Stiffed for Overtime Pay
Trump waves from a vehicle during a 2015 campaign stop.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

President Trump's longtime personal driver says the billionaire exploited him in an "utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement." 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. The 59-year-old says he joined the Trump Organization more than 30 years ago and served as Trump's chauffeur for around 20 years until the Secret Service took over in 2016. He says he worked at least 50 hours a week but was paid a flat yearly salary, which rose to $75,000 in 2010, instead of time-and-a-half for overtime as required under New York law, reports the Washington Post.

Cintron—whose lawyer says he is still employed by the Trump Organization—is seeking more than $200,000 in compensation for overtime worked over six years, which is as far back as his lawsuit can go under the statute of limitations, Bloomberg reports. According to his lawsuit, on one of the few occasions he received a raise, Cintron ended up losing money because the organization forced him to give up his health benefits. His lawsuit slams Trump for his "callousness and cupidity." The Trump Organization says it will fight the lawsuit. Cintron "was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law," a spokeswoman said in a statement. "Once the facts come out we expect to be fully vindicated in court." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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