An investigation has found that hundreds of people, including carpenters, dishwashers, painters, and lawyers, say Donald Trump has not payed them for their work, according to USA Today.
The investigation also found that Trump has faced more than 3,500 lawsuits over the last three decades. Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage.
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For example, in one project at Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, at least 253 subcontractors were not paid in full or on time—and a law firm that fought some of those demanding workers ended up having to demand US$500,000 in legal fees from Trump themselves.
As for settlements, Trump’s organization has usually stretched negotiations out for years, outlasting smaller opponents with its stronger finances, leading alleged victims to drop their lawsuits and in some cases file for bankruptcy.
Trump said in a previous interview with USA Today that if a company or worker he hires is not paid, it is because his organization is 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.”