Donald Trump's former personal driver has sued the president's family business for thousands of hours of unpaid overtime, according to a lawsuit filed in New York on Monday.
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.
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. The second raise, he added, came with a caveat: Cintron alleged he was forced to surrender his health benefits, “saving Trump approximately $17,866.08 per year in health insurance premiums”.
Cintron's lawyers said he is owed roughly $350,000. Under the statute of limitations, he can only seek compensation dating back six years. Cintron was replaced in his role by the US Secret Service in 2016, when Trump became the Republican presidential nominee.
Larry Hutcher, one of Cintron's attorneys, said Trump's “complete disregard for the rights of workers has defined his disgraceful record in business”.
“Donald Trump has proclaimed himself as a champion of working men and women, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Hutcher said in a statement. “Noel Cintron worked for him days, nights and weekends, but year after year Trump refused to pay him the wages he had earned.”
A spokesperson for the Trump Organization did not immediately return a request for comment.