A new report today finds that hundreds of workers have issues with Donald Trump just not paying them what they were owed.
According to USA Today, a whole chunk of the lawsuits Trump has gotten into over the years involves a wide variety of workers (i.e. glass-makers, waiters, bartenders, real estate brokers, and law firms) have said Trump has failed to pay them, and that there have been lots of liens filed against Trump by people who have worked on his properties over the years demanding compensation.
Trump has been successful in a number of those lawsuits, but one cabinet builder says his business suffered after Trump didn’t pay up:
Edward’s son, Paul, who was the firm’s accountant, still remembers the amount of that bill more than 30 years later: $83,600. The reason: the money never came. “That began the demise of the Edward J. Friel Company… which has been around since my grandfather,” he said.
And last month, the report notes, Trump settled after servers sued when they weren’t paid overtime.
Trump himself (along with his daughter) spoke to USA Today to explain why this happened in some cases:
Trump and his daughter Ivanka, in an interview with USA TODAY, shrugged off the lawsuits and other claims of non-payment. If a company or worker he hires isn’t paid fully, the Trumps said, it’s because The Trump Organization was unhappy with the work.
“Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely,” Trump said. “That’s what the country should be doing.”
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