Former Trump chauffeur sues, claiming years of unpaid overtime

Frederick Owens
July 11, 2018

Donald Trump's former personal driver, Noel Cintron, is suing the president for unpaid overtime - 3,300 hours of overtime, to be exact.

According to Bloomberg, the complaint describes Trump's mistreatment of Cintron as "an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige".

Noel Cintron, 59, said the Trump Organization has not paid him for 3,300 hours of overtime in the last six years or given him a "meaningful" raise for 12 years.

Larry Hutcher, Cintron's attorney, said that Cintron had asked Trump Organization executives to be paid the extra amount he was owed for overtime work.

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

Cintron has not been Trump's driver since the 2016 presidential election because that duty is handled by the U.S. Secret Service.

The suit says Cintron worked an average of 50 to 55 hours per week for Trump for more than 25 years, CNBC reports. He says he worked at least 50 hours a week but was paid a flat yearly salary, which rose to $75,000 in 2010, instead of time-and-a-half for overtime as required under NY law, reports the Washington Post.

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Trump's longtime personal driver filed a lawsuit against his company yesterday alleging that Trump owes him more than United States dollars 200,000 in unpaid overtime wages, it said.

Cintron received a wage increase in 2010, though he alleges that it was because he was induced to surrender his health benefits, which were of higher value than the raise itself. "Overall, that saved the president then "$17,866.08 per year in health insurance premiums", the suit alleged. His salary was raised to $68,000 in 2006. Trump has also fended off unrest among employees by paying them to dismiss litigation against him, despite his oft-repeated claims that he never settles lawsuits.

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

He added that Trump's treatment of Cintron shows how "a complete disregard for the rights of workers has defined his disgraceful record in business".

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.

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

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