Trump’s personal chauffeur is suing him

Trump’s personal chauffeur is suing him

US President Donald Trump's longtime personal driver - a man who has carted the bulbous pile of congealed gravy around since the late 80s - is now suing him over alleged thousands upon thousands of hours of unpaid overtime.

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.

In a statement, Amanda Miller, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said, "Mr. Cintron was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law".

Cintron worked as Trump's driver for more than 20 years until Republican Party nominated the former real estate mogul to be president and the Secret Service took over his transportation needs.

The driver said his duty started at 7 am each day each day until whenever Trump, his family or business associates no longer required his services.

Cintron is seeking damages that his lawyer said could reach $400,000, including punitive damages and sums for federal and state labor law violations. The Independent reported that Trump has been part of at least 135 lawsuits since he became the president, while Vanity Fair revealed back in 2016 that Trump has received more than 3,500 complaints from people who say they weren't properly paid.

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

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The Trump Organization disagreed. "However, this type of conduct is shameful from the president who claims to represent the working people of our great nation".

In 2003 or so, the suit says, Cintron was being payed "a fixed salary of $62,700".

Cintron added in the suit that he hadn't been awarded a raise in almost 10 years.

Cintron "has not received any raises since then", the suit adds. The move saved Trump almost $18,000 in health insurance premiums, Cintron charged. Cintron claimed that he was "induced to surrender his health benefits", which saved Trump almost $18,000.

Cintron's legal action seeks unpaid overtime pay, plus additional payments and penalties under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and NY labor statutes.

Hutcher said that Cintron had repeatedly asked Trump for raises in the past, but - beyond those two instances - he was rebuffed.

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