President Donald Trump’s chauffeur of more than 25 years is suing him for unpaid overtime, describing him in court documents as showing “an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement”.
Noel Cintron, 59, is suing the Trump Organization in court in Manhattan for 3,300 hours of overtime that he says he worked in the past six years, totalling around $178,000 (£135,000).
Mr Cintron, who was the businessman’s driver until the Secret Service took over in 2016, is not allowed to sue for overtime prior to that, due to the statute of limitations.
He also accuses Mr Trump of only raising his salary twice in 15 years – and clawing the second raise back by stopping paying his health insurance.
Mr Cintron said he was paid $62,700 per year until it was increased in 2006 to $68,000.
In 2010 he was given his second raise, to $75,000 – but on condition of surrendering his health benefits, which Mr Cintron alleges saved the Organization nearly $18,000 per year.
Mr Cintron, in the court filings, accused Mr Trump of exploiting him “in an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige.”
He continued: "President Trump’s further callousness and cupidity is further demonstrated by the fact that while he is purportedly a billionaire, he has not given his personal driver a meaningful raise in over 12 years."
Last year, one of Mr Trump’s luxury golf resorts in Florida was ordered by an appeals court to pay more than $32,000 to a supply company that claimed it was not paid for paint that was used to spruce up the property.
A spokesman for the Trump Organization said: “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."
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