The way that Donald Trump clawed his way into the billionaire’s club, if he really did, was extremely ugly. Then again, his grandfather was a German grifter who came to the U.S. and sold the gold miners what they wanted — food and women. The president took a tip from what his grandfather did next.
Just as his grandson did by claiming bone spurs, Friedrich Trump refused to do his military duty for Germany. According to CNN, German officials kicked him out of the country for that.
Then, Friedrich opened up his tawdry businesses in the U.S. and skipped town when things got tight. Donald Trump has managed to one-up old grandpa by claiming multiple bankruptcies. Yet, there was something the grandson has done that was truly ugly.
The commander-in-chief was a real estate mogul. It was natural that he would hire small contractors to do finish work on his casinos.
The contractors thought they had made it big with such a substantial opportunity. Unfortunately, Trump stiffed them and forced them out of business.
If they sued, he would threaten to counter-sue. It was a clear case of the big guy out-lawyering the small guy or gal.
Now, we see another way the president of these United States took advantage of the little guy to grease his own coffers. He simply did not pay some of his employees.
Former porter at Trump’s mid-town skyscraper, Rakhim Urazov, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court, because 45 forced him to work outrageously long hours without overtime, according to The NY Daily News . The porter, 46, said that sometimes, the leader of the free world gave him no option except to work as long as 7 a.m. until 12 a.m., midnight. He also had to pull security guard duty.
Urazov sued Trump Tower Commercial LLC. This business was registered to the umbrella Trump Organization. The president also owns Trump Tower Condominium, which is the residential part of the Tower.
The man sitting in the Oval Office illegally forced the former porter to sign away his right to overtime pay. Urazov’s attorney, Gregg Shavitz, said:
‘Trump Tower required that our client sign an unlawful agreement waiving his rights to overtime pay. Our firm will fight any company, on behalf of our clients, that tries to skirt the laws and not pay workers as the law requires.’
According to the former porter’s lawsuit, he worked at Trump Tower from 2003 to 2014 at an average of 55 hours a week. Twice a week, he had to work 17-hour shifts.
That meant, he worked cleaning the residential rooms from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then, he would change job hats and work as a security guard from 3 p.m. to midnight, according to the lawsuit.
Employers must pay their hourly employees time and a half after they work 40 hours in a week. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires it.
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