Trump's ex-chauffeur sues in New York for unpaid wages

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2018

According to the lawsuit, Trump and his business also cheated Cintron out of years of vacation time, sick days and expenses - and neglected to give him a raise in more than a decade.

Donald Trump was not named as a defendant.

The man who drove Donald Trump everywhere before he was President says he was getting financially screwed for years. and now he's looking for the big payback.

The New York lawsuit, dated yesterday, 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.

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

Cintron received a $7,000 bump in 2010 that raised his salary to $75,000, but he doesn't consider that a raise because it was the same year Trump took away his health care, the suit says.

Noel Cintron, who worked as Trump's driver for more than 25 years, said he was owed 3,300 hours of uncompensated overtime from his last six years on the job. 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.

"In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige, President Donald Trump has, through (his business entities), exploited and denied significant wages to his own longstanding personal driver", the suit says.

The case is Cintron v. Trump Organization LLC, Supreme Court, State of New York (Manhattan).

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.

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

Larry Hutcher, a lawyer for Cintron, said his client had not sued sooner because he had been unaware of his rights, and that it was "regrettable" a lawsuit became necessary.

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