A new lawsuit filed Monday may represent yet another case on an individual once close to the president who is now publicly disavowing the loyalty Trump demands of those in his circle — whether at the cohort or employee level. In this case, the individual filing suit was employed by Trump for a quarter of a century, representing a significant portion of Trump’s professional life.
According to Bloomberg, the case was filed in state court in Manhattan Monday morning by Noel Cintron, and alleges that he was stiffed on overtime pay for years.
Cintron is suing the POTUS for 3,300 hours of missed overtime pay, since the statute of limitations doesn’t allow him to seek recompense for pay withheld further back than six years. That’s 3,300 hours Citron alleges he was expected to work without pay, in only 6 years or 500+ hours annually.
Based on those numbers, Trump failed to pay Cintron for an additional 10 hours every week of work.
The complaint also says that in 25 years, Cintron received raises only twice, and had to give up his health insurance coverage for the second raise. He characterizes Trump’s employment and payment practice as
…an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige.
TMZ reports that the missed overtime pay for those six years comes to around $178k.
Trump’s tendency to skip payments to employees and contractors — while claiming to support small business and the American worker — isn’t anything new. In 2016, USA Today reported on hundreds of individuals and small businesses Trump contracted for work, only to skip out on the bill.
On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.
Litigation against a wealthy businessman with high-powered lawyers can be an expensive and difficult matter, and many of those who say Trump cheated them have resigned themselves to accepting the loss, rather than spending the money and time to fight a losing battle.
However, with Trump as president, he’s in a new spotlight, and already facing legal battles against other experienced and capable attorneys. It’s possible that his political position could draw the necessary attention to bring justice for Cintron, and any other former employees who may now come forward.