Former Trump chauffeur sues, claiming years of unpaid overtime

Trump’s Personal Driver for 25 Years Sues for Unpaid Overtime

Former Trump chauffeur sues, claiming years of unpaid overtime

Noel Cintron, 59, who said he served as Trump's driver for more than 20 years, alleges that Trump did not pay him the time-and-a-half overtime wages required under NY state law. While the suit doesn't name Trump personally as a defendant, it accuses him of "callousness and cupidity".

Add President Donald Trump's former personal driver to the thousands of plaintiffs who have said they're owed money by the billionaire real estate developer and reality TV star now serving as the nation's commander-in-chief. Cintron "was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law", a spokeswoman said in a statement. But during the last six years of his tenure, Cintron said he worked 55 hours per week, racking up 3,300 hours of unpaid overtime.

The suit alleges federal and state labor law violations and seeks six years of unpaid overtime - the legal time limit for such claims - plus interest, attorneys' fees and unspecified damages.

Filed in New York County Supreme Court against two of Trump's business companies, the lawsuit alleges that Trump "shirked his obligation" to provide any overtime pay for more than 20 years.

Bloomberg reported that Cintron, 59, is a registered Republican, and still works for the Trump Organization in security. His salary was then raised to $68,000 in 2006.

He didn't raise the overtime claim until now because he wasn't fully mindful of his right to it and didn't want to cause trouble at work, said one of his lawyers, Larry Hutcher. Cintron said this saved Trump $17,866 in annual health insurance premiums.

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At the time, Trump said that "We pay everybody what they're supposed to be paid, and we pay everybody on time..."

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization did not immediately return a request for comment.

"The proverbial straw hits the camel's back", said Hutcher, explaining why Cintron had filed suit now.

Trump has faced at least 135 lawsuits against him while serving as commander in chief, including from private citizens who have sued him for his business dealings and behaviour prior to the White House.

Based on his current hourly rate as of today, or $36.0577 per hour, Cintron should have been paid $54.087 per hour for any time worked beyond 40 hours per week, according to the complaint.

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