Noel Cintron was now-Pres. Donald Trump’s personal driver for a quarter of a century. He lost that job in 2016 when Trump was elected.
Now Cintron, 59, is suing the Trump Organization for unpaid wages claiming he was “forced to work thousands of hours of overtime” without compensation, according to court documents.
Cintron filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Manhattan Monday. The Trump Organization has less than a month to file a response to the complaint. Cintron is seeking hundreds of thousands in back wages and damages.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cintron’s Lawsuit Says Trump Exploited His Longtime Personal Chauffeur
According to the lawsuit, Cintron says he was on duty and call from 7 in the morning to whenever “Trump, his family or business associates no longer required his services.”
Cintron was not paid hourly rather was paid a salary of, it’s reported, $62,700 in 2003, $68,000 in 2006, and $75,000 in 2010.
He claims in his suit that not only was he not paid for overtime amounting to around 3,300 hours, but when his salary was increased his health benefits were taken away.
The complaint reads, in part, that Trump “exploited” Cintron and displayed “utterly callous” and “unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige.”
The complaint also “seeks to recover overtime compensation, statutory penalties, compensatory and punitive damages, and counsel fees for the harm Plaintiff suffered while being employed by Trump.”
In an interview with Newsweek, another of Trump’s drivers, Eddie Diaz, who said then he’d driven a Trump limousine since 2000, confirmed that the billionaire had another longtime driver who is presumably Cintron. Diaz called driving for the mogul “interesting.”
2. Some Monies Were Paid to Cintron by Trump’s Presidential Campaign, Records Show
According to Federal Election Commission records, in 2015 Trump paid Citroen $900 out of campaign coffers.
And a voluminous spreadsheet from the Trump organization shows Cintron was paid through the Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. campaign fund.
3. Cintron Lost His Position When Trump Became President & the Secret Service Took Over
The Daily News reported that due to the legal statute of limitations, he can only ask for unpaid wages for the last six years; he was let go when Trump was elected President in November of 2016. Cintron “…rendered services as a member of the Trump security staff,” and it is the Trump Organization that is named as the defendant in the lawsuit.
According to court records, Cintron claims he is owed around $350,000.
Cintron says he was “…forced to work thousands of hours of overtime without compensation. President Trump’s further callousness and cupidity is further demonstrated by the fact that while he is purportedly a billionaire, he has not given his personal driver a meaningful raise in over 12 years!”
4. Cintron is Not the Only Member of His Family to Work for Trump
Noel Cintron is the husband of former Trump housekeeper Lucrezia Cintron. The couple live in Ozone Park in the New York City Borough of Queens.
5. Trump, Who ‘Misses Driving,’ Has Owned Many Over-The-Top Luxury Cars, Though There Are Few Images That Show Him Driving Himself, But One Has Him Behind the Wheel
Bloomberg did a run-down of the cars Trump has owned after a 2016 report from Reuters about what Trump said he missed most since becoming president.
Trump said he has driven himself and “missed being behind the wheel …”
“I like to drive,” he told Reuters. “I can’t drive any more.”
Trump owns or has owned the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren featured in the 2006 Vogue magazine spread that featured his wife Melania before she was First Lady in a state of undress with Trump posed in the Benz’ driver seat.
According to Bloomberg, other cars include: a gold 1993 Cadillac Allanté that Trump claimed the car-maker gave him as a gift; two Rolls Royce’s – a 1956 Silver Cloud and a new model Phantom, the former a vintage car worth more than $1 million and the latter a whopping $500,000; a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster; and a ‘88 Cadillac limo from the “Trump series” among others.