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Trump's Former Chauffeur Sues For Unpaid Overtime

July 09, 2018 - 3:52 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- A former chauffeur for President Donald Trump is suing for thousands of hours' worth of unpaid overtime.
 
Noel Cintron filed the lawsuit against the Trump Organization in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday.
 
Cintron was Trump's driver for 20 years until the Secret Service took over, and still works for Trump's business, according to the lawsuit.

"After a while everybody finally says, 'Enough is enough, I'm not going to continue to work and not be paid for the time that I'm putting in,'" Cintron's lawyer, Larry Hutcher, told WCBS Newsradio 880. "Part of this is the fact that he's not driving Mr. Trump anymore. He has now been relegated to a role within the actual Trump Organization, is in a different situation, he is not being treated the way he would like to be treated and so he is not averse to exercising his rights at this time."
 
The suit claims Cintron routinely worked 50- to 55-hour weeks without getting overtime but was eligible.

"He would check in by 7 a.m., he was required to be ready with the car, clean it, be ready to pick up Mr. Trump. He could be there until 7 at night, 8 o'clock at night, 9 o'clock. It all depended upon what Mr. Trump's needs were," Hutcher said.

According to the lawsuit, Cintron makes $75,000 a year, though he gave up his health insurance in exchange for a 2010 raise from $68,000.

"He went on his wife's health plan, saved the company we think approximately $18,000 and he got a $7,000 raise in consideration for that -- it's not really a raise," Hutcher said.

The suit claims federal and state labor law violations and seeks six years of unpaid overtime, plus unspecified damages.

"The damages we're looking for are approximately $180,000 in actual wages together with interest, council fees, potential punitive damages, we think it could be in well in excess of $300,000," Hutcher said. "Somebody that proclaims to be a protector and advocate for the working class has no problem denying them what they're entitled to. Highly ironic."

The Trump Organization says Cintron was paid "generously and in accordance with the law.'' 

A similar lawsuit was brought for a former Trump Tower security guard in May.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)