A New York City resident who was a personal driver for Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was not paid for more than 3,000 overtime hours in the past six years. Although a driver for the Trump family for 25 years, the statute of limitations limited the number of years that he could seek relief for.
The driver’s complaint says he had to report to work at 7 a.m. and remain on duty until his services were no longer needed. This meant he worked a week of up to 55 hours. Despite this, he was only paid a fixed salary. He also says that when he finally got a raise, he had to relinquish his health insurance in return. Furthermore, he says he was not provided with wage notices, which state law requires. He is asking for around $200,000 in damages.
The driver is not the first Trump associate to claim that he was underpaid or not paid at all. Electricians and mortgage brokers are among those who say they were not paid as promised. A Florida appeals court ordered one of Trump’s golf courses to pay over $32,000 to a company that supplied paint to the luxury resort.
People who believe their employers are violating wage and hour laws may want to talk to an attorney. The attorney may be able to advise the employee as to whether the employer’s actions are illegal and how they should be documented. If this is happening to a number of employees, it might be possible to file a class action suit. This violation may come in the form of failing to pay overtime or minimum wage.
Source: Bloomberg, “Trump’s Personal Driver for 25 Years Sues for Unpaid Overtime“, Christie Smythe and Chris Dolmetsch, July 9, 2018