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Trump’s ex-driver sues for unpaid wages



US President Donald Trump ’ s former personal chauffeur on Monday sued the Trump Organisation for years of unpaid overtime , claiming he was exploited and denied a meaningful raise for more than a decade.It is the latest of many lawsuits against Trump or his businesses.

Noel Cintron , who served as driver for Trump , his family and businesses for more than 25 years , was replaced by the Secret Service when his boss won the Republican nomination for president in 2016 . He then joined the security staff .

The New York lawsuit , dated Monday , 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 .

“ In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige , President Donald Trump has , through the defendant entities , exploited and denied significant wages to his own longstanding personal driver , ” the 14 -page lawsuit states .

While Trump is “ purportedly a billionaire , he has not given his personal driver a meaningful raise in over 12 years !” it alleged .

The Trump Organisation , the umbrella company which is being run by the president ’ s adult sons Donald Jr and Eric while their father is in office , said Cintron was “ at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law .

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“ Once the facts come out we expect to be fully vindicated in court , ” a spokeswoman for the company said .

The plaintiff generally worked five days a week from 7 : 00 am to whenever he was no longer needed , on average 50 – 55 hours a week , according to the suit.

In December 2010 , he was given a $ 7 , 000 raise to $ 75 , 000 a year , but only after losing his health benefits, saving his employer nearly $ 18 , 000 a year in insurance premiums , according to the lawsuit .

He never got another raise , and Trump failed to reimburse him for accrued vacation time and sick days , and work expenses , the complaint says .

Cintron , it says , was not paid overtime for more than 20 years , but under the statute of limitations can only claim six years ’ worth , which the lawsuit put at a total of 3 , 300 hours owed at “ time and one – half . ”

Cintron ’ s legal team told AFP they were seeking $ 178 , 487 . 10 in unpaid wages as well as interest, attorneys ’ fees, and potential punitive damages .

Among other legal actions against Trump , lawyers for the US State of Maryland and the capital Washington have separately accused Trump , in a lawsuit , of accepting illegal payments through the Trump International Hotel.

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Porn star Stormy Daniels , who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 , also filed a lawsuit against the US president in April for defamation .

( AFP )