President Donald Trump's personal driver of 25 years has filed a lawsuit against him for hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime.
In the Cintron v. Trump Organization LLC, Supreme Court, State of New York (Manhattan) lawsuit, Noel Cintron is alleging he’s owed 3,300 hours in back pay for the past six years of service to the Trump Organization.
According to Bloomberg, Cintron, a registered Republican, is "...not allowed to sue for overtime prior to that due to the statute of limitations."
Not only that, but Cintron also alleges that Trump only gave him two raises in 15 years of service, the second of which was apparently contingent upon the driver giving up his health benefits.
(Bloomberg) -- The man who served as Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years sued him for back pay on Monday, saying he was forced to work thousands of hours of overtime that wasn’t paid. The suit was filed Monday by Noel Cintron in state court in Manhattan.— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) July 9, 2018
Bloomberg reports that in the 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. 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.
The wage bump in 2010 came with a catch, Cintron said. He was induced to surrender his health insurance, saving Trump approximately $17,866 per year in premiums, according to the lawsuit.
Cintron says he was on duty for Trump starting at 7 a.m. daily until whenever Trump, his family or business associates no longer needed rides. Worked as long as 55 hrs a week, but paid a fixed salary of $62,700 in 2003, $68,000 in 2006, and $75,000 in 2010, say complaint.— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) July 9, 2018
According to the HillReporter, Cintron characterizes Trump’s payment practice as:
…an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige.
Twitter users were incensed, though unsurprised, by the allegations:
Is anyone surprised by con artist? If so, get yourself to a psych ward!— Jeanie (@jnesky88) July 9, 2018
Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, made this statement:
Mr. Cintron was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law. Once the facts come out we expect to be fully vindicated in court.
And some had an offer for Cintron:
💁🏻♀️Let’s start a crowdfund to pay off his NDA agreement fee, so he sings like a canary.— G.F. Díaz (@voidofchill) July 9, 2018
Yeah! I’d happily donate $100 of my hubby’s hard earned money!— Bunnyfufu84 (@Bunnyfufu84) July 10, 2018
Now is the time for all those people or companies that were never paid or duped by Trumpcheeto to come forward— dallas_giirl🌻 (@iammrsc) July 10, 2018
In addition to the unpaid overtime which has been estimated at $178,000, Cintron is also claiming that the Trump Organization has failed to provide him with the annual wage notices required by New York state law.
Cintron's lawyer, Larry Hutcher, told Bloomberg in a phone interview that he:
...is seeking about $200,000 in damages.