Donald Trump's Former Driver, Noel Cintron, Sues Organization For Unpaid Overtime

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Cintron also claimed his salary was increased just twice over a period of 15 years - from $62,700 in 2003 to $68,000 in 2006, and then to $75,000 in 2010. 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.

Trump's treatment of his driver reflected "an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement", the suit reads, describing his "exploitation" of Cintron as lacking "even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige".

This lawsuit is the latest in a string of suits brought against the President and his organisations by former employees and suppliers, all of whom cite common grievances: that Trump wilfully underpaid or failed to pay compensation for services and work completed.

The allegations mirror numerous other claims made by contractors and workers for Trump's companies, who have frequently gone to court over claims of unpaid wages or fees. "He's not allowed to sue for overtime prior to that due to the statute of limitations", Bloomberg reports. He said this saved Trump $17,866 in annual health insurance premiums.The case is Cintron v Trump Organization LLC et al, New York State Supreme Court, New York County, No. 653424/2018.

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

Cintron claims that he was forced to work "thousands" of hours in overtime, and was not given a "meaningful raise" in over 10 years.

Cintron said he worked as many as 55 hours per week, with shifts that could begin as early as 7 a.m., but was paid on a fixed salary.

Larry Hutcher, one of Cintron's attorneys, said Trump's "complete disregard for the rights of workers has defined his disgraceful record in business".

The Trump Organization did not immediately return a request for comment. He lost his position once Trump became president and the Secret Service took over the driving, reported NY Daily News. "It was something that he did not want to push", Hutcher said.