Trump's personal driver sues Prez for whopping $200,000 unpaid overtime wages

Trump's personal driver sues Prez for whopping $200,000 unpaid overtime wages

A NY man who said he was Donald Trump's personal driver for more than 20 years sued the US president's company on Monday, claiming he was stiffed out of thousands of hours of overtime pay.

In the lawsuit, Noel Cintron's attorneys, Larry Hutcher and Josh Krakowsky, alleged that the mistreatment amounts to "an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement", explaining that the driver "served as President Trump's personal driver for more than 20 years until the Secret Service recently undertook that role".

Cintron has demanded that the Trump Organization pay him for the last six years of unpaid overtime wages, noting that the statute of limitations precluded him from asking for more.

The New York lawsuit, dated yesterday, 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.

During that time, the suit alleges, Cintron received a base salary but was never paid - as legally required - overtime pay at a rate of 1½ times his regular hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

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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 almost $18,000 per year. His salary was then raised to $68,000 in 2006.

The driver started working for the Trump Organization about 30 years ago, and worked his way up to chauffeuring the president-to-be.

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. "Noel Cintron worked for him days, nights and weekends, but year after year Trump refused to pay him the wages he had earned".

He also had to "be ready to perform his duties at a moment's notice" and was required to work until whenever Trump, his family or business associates "no longer required plaintiff's services", the lawsuit alleged.

Cintron's legal action seeks unpaid overtime pay, plus additional payments and penalties under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and NY labor statutes. "It was something that he did not want to push", Hutcher said.

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