Editorial

Hero of the working class?

Friday, June 17, 2016

A USA TODAY investigation reveals that hundreds of workers, including laborers and contractors, say they were not paid for work they performed for Donald Trump and his businesses.

At least 60 lawsuits and hundreds of liens, judgments and government filings allege that the billionaire did not pay contractors and employees, including a glass company, carpet company, plumber, dishwasher, painters and dozens of waiters, bartenders and other hourly workers employed at Trump's resorts and clubs across the country.

Over the past decade, his companies have been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage. Reporters found more than 200 mechanic's liens filed against Trump, his companies and his properties.

On just one of Trump's casino projects, records show at least 253 subcontractors were not paid in full or on time.

In a Wall Street Journal interview, Trump defended his action by saying, "I love to hold back and negotiate when people don't do good work."

We don't believe that Trump has personally evaluated the performance of every worker employed by his enterprises. He obviously tries to get out of paying for anything he can get out of paying.