Trump's former personal driver sues over 'exploited' wages
Posted July 9, 2018 11:51 a.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Donald Trump's former personal driver of more than 20 years has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization alleging that he was forced to work "thousands of hours" of overtime without fair compensation.
Noel Cintron, who served as the New York businessman's driver until Trump received Secret Service protection in 2016, is demanding the recovery of compensation from his time working for the Trump Organization in a lawsuit filed Monday with the Supreme Court of New York.
Cintron claims in the lawsuit that he worked an average of between 50 and 55 hours a week for Trump without fair compensation.
A spokesperson for the Trump Organization told CNN, "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."
The White House directed a request for comment to the Trump Organization.
The complaint describes Trump's actions towards his driver as "an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement" and says that Trump demonstrated "callousness and cupidity" when he denied Cintron a raise.
The complaint also refers to Trump as a "purported" billionaire.
Cintron received a wage increase in 2010, though he alleges that it was because he was induced to surrender his health benefits, which were of higher value than the raise itself.
According to the complaint, Cintron was not compensated for work he performed on holidays and vacations. Cintron also claims Trump did not provide annual wage notices or accurate wage statements, which are a requirement under New York labor law.
By law, Trump is obligated to answer the complaint within 30 days.
"Noel Cintron worked for him days, nights and weekends, but year after year Trump refused to pay him the wages he had earned," said Larry Hutcher, one of Cintron's attorneys, in a statement.
He added that Trump's treatment of Cintron shows how "a complete disregard for the rights of workers has defined his disgraceful record in business."
Trump has faced scrutiny regarding his wage practices in the past. In June 2016, architect Andrew Tesoro claimed that Trump cheated his firm out of thousands of dollars when it designed the clubhouse at Trump National Gold Club. Tesoro never filed a lawsuit against Trump.