A USA Today exclusive revealed the truth behind Donald Trump’s so-called business acumen—the alleged billionaire has faced over 3,500 lawsuits during the past 30 years because he has not paid workers and businesses he hired.
Trump has failed to pay a myriad of employees, including waiters, hourly-workers, real estate brokers, painters, plumbers, carpenters, and most ironically, law firms who have represented him during these various lawsuits.
According to USA Today, he has been accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act over 24 times, refusing to pay workers overtime wages and the minimum wage.
It’s not just the payment that Trump has deprived these workers of; he has often caused entire small businesses to collapse. As USA Today points out, “The actions in total paint a portrait of Trump’s sprawling organization frequently failing to pay small businesses and individuals, then sometimes tying them up in court and other negotiations for years… Some just give up the fight, or settle for less; some have ended up in bankruptcy or out of business altogether.”
These occurrences are not just from his past. Just recently, Trump was sued for not paying waiters at his Miami golf resort for overtime, and there are similar cases ongoing in California and New York.
Trump clearly treats his workers terribly, which makes it all the more absurd that he is praised for his strong economic message and promises to bring back American jobs. Trump has comically claimed that, “No matter who you are, we're going to protect your job, because let me tell you, our jobs are being stripped from our country like we're babies.”
Trump would be unbelievably incompetent in helping protect American jobs.
The qualities of Trump as a businessman have often been called into question, and he has been exposed as a fraud in numerous ways—not only is his alleged $10 billion net worth not close to what he is really worth, but he has bankrupted four businesses and his yearly income may be less than $500,000 a year.
Trump defended the lawsuits vaguely, as he usually does: “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. That’s what the country should be doing.”
He later backtracked, claiming he paid workers fairly, but the 3,500 lawsuits suggest otherwise.
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