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US News Trump's longtime driver sues for thousands of hours of unpaid overtime

21:15  09 july  2018
21:15  09 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man who said he was Donald Trump ' s personal driver for more than 20 years sued the U.S. president's company on Monday, claiming he was stiffed out of thousands of hours of overtime pay.

Donald Trump ' s longtime personal chauffeur is the latest person to sue the US president during his tenure in the Oval Office. The private driver , Noel Cintron, has filed a lawsuit against Mr Trump for unpaid overtime hours after working for him for nearly 25 years.

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Noel Cintron said the Trump Organization has not paid him for 3,300 hours of overtime in the last six years, the most he can sue for because of a statute of limitations, and has not given him a "meaningful" raise for 12 years.

"In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige President Donald Trump has, through the defendant entities, exploited and denied significant wages to his own longstanding personal driver," the complaint said.

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A New York City man who was Donald Trump ' s personal driver for more than a quarter century is suing the president's family business for back pay, saying he was stiffed for thousands of hours of overtime .

Donald Trump ’ s former personal driver has sued the president’s family business for thousands of hours of unpaid overtime , according to a lawsuit filed in New York on Monday. Noel Cintron, who worked as Trump ’ s driver for more than 25 years, said he was owed 3

President Donald Trump speaks to media before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) © Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks to media before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Cintron is seeking unspecified damages, including punitive damages and other sums for alleged violations of federal and state labor laws. He said the 3,300 hours of overtime alone was worth more than $178,000, at a rate of $54.09 per hour.

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Donald Trump was not named as a defendant.

Cintron's lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan adds to a long list of litigation targeting the president or his businesses.

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President Donald Trump ' s longtime personal driver Noel Cintron on Monday accused the Trump Organization of not paying him for " thousands of hours of overtime " to which he was legally entitled during his more than two decades of service.

Trump ' s former personal driver of 25 years is suing Trump for 3,300 hours of unpaid overtime .

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He said he became part of Trump's security staff after the Secret Service took over driving responsibilities in 2016.

Cintron said his salary was raised to $68,000 in 2006 and then to $75,000 in 2010, but the latter increase required him to surrender health benefits. He said this saved Trump $17,866 in annual health insurance premiums.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Susan Thomas)

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