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Lawsuit filed on Monday against Trump “In his Individual Capacity and DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT, INC.“, by former campaign staffer Alva Johnson: “In addition to the forcible kissing Ms. Johnson experienced during her time with the Campaign, Ms. Johnson was vastly underpaid compared to many of her Campaign counterparts who were white, despite her critical role at various stages of the Campaign… Ms. Johnson was also underpaid compared to similarly qualified and less qualified male staffers. She did not know this fact until very recently. Ms. Johnson’s experience is not isolated— indeed, the Campaign engaged in systemic gender discrimination in pay against its female employees…
The lawsuit, as seen further below, offers a recap of other accusations against Trump, as well as Ms. Johnson’s own experience. In the lawsuit, a jury trial is demanded, injunctive relief is sought, and it is being filed as a collective action complaint.
“In short, Defendant Trump’s battery of Ms. Johnson is part of a pattern of predatory and harassing behavior towards women. He knows that his behavior is wrong, degrading, and harmful, both because common decency dictates as much and because several victims of his unwanted advances have publicly stated so. Yet he continues to repeatedly and unashamedly grope women, kiss them without their consent, and force them to endure unwanted touching. As demonstrated by his long history of similar behavior, he does so intentionally, maliciously, and with the knowledge that it will cause damage and injury…
Ms. Johnson was not aware of Defendant Trump’s long history of predatory conduct towards women when she first connected with the Campaign in late 2015. She joined the Campaign early in the primary season, worked hard, and became a valued Director who was integral to the Campaign’s success. But instead of being rewarded for her hard work and accomplishments, Ms. Johnson was subjected to unwanted kissing by her boss and discrimination based on her race and her gender…
“133. WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays this Court will enter an order prohibiting Donald J. Trump from grabbing, kissing or otherwise assaulting or harassing women without prior express consent…
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
Wherefore, Plaintiff prays for judgment as follows:
AS TO COUNT I
1. For an injunction prohibiting Donald J. Trump from grabbing, kissing or otherwise assaulting or harassing women without prior express consent…”
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE CAUGHT DISEASES FROM TRUMP’S BEHAVIOR? HE MUST HAVE CAUGHT HERPES/COLD SORES LONG AGO, AT A MINIMUM.
Note that Ms. Johnson’s “background is in event planning and human resources” (p. 4), whereas better paid white males included a massage therapist and a high school student!
“19. Ms. Johnson voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. But during President Obama’s two terms in office, she saw the African American community in Alabama continue to experience severe economic hardship, and felt that perhaps Defendant Trump, with his background in business, could help invigorate the economy and provide jobs for her community.” (p. 5)
Based on the figures given in the lawsuit, Ms. Johnson was paid less than 1/3rd to less than 1/2 of various white male colleagues working with her.
From p. 28; pp. 30-31; p. 35:
“Ms. Johnson was Underpaid Compared to Her Colleagues
110. In addition to the forcible kissing Ms. Johnson experienced during her time with the Campaign, Ms. Johnson was vastly underpaid compared to many of her Campaign counterparts who were white, despite her critical role at various stages of the Campaign.
111. Ms. Johnson was also underpaid compared to similarly qualified and less qualified male staffers. She did not know this fact until very recently. Ms. Johnson’s experience is not isolated— indeed, the Campaign engaged in systemic gender discrimination in pay against its female employees…
113. The Campaign knew that it was underpaying Ms. Johnson relative to her white counterparts. It knew this because campaigns are required to track disbursements and report them to the FEC.
114. The Campaign also knew that it is illegal to pay white people more than African American people for the same work. Yet the Campaign paid Ms. Johnson less than her white counterparts, both men and women.
115. The Campaign also knew that it was underpaying Ms. Johnson, and the rest of its female staff, relative to male employees. In addition to the Campaign’s obligations to report pay information to the FEC, while the 2016 campaigns were ongoing it was reported that men employed by the Campaign made “about 35% more” than women.34 Accusations of gender-based pay discrimination by the Campaign were widely reported.35
116. And, the Campaign knew that it is illegal to pay women less than men for the same work. Yet the Campaign willfully paid its female employees less than its male employees.
117. There is no reasonable basis for Ms. Johnson’s lower pay. Ms. Johnson successfully helped organize rallies, including one in Alabama touted by Defendant Trump himself as the “biggest crowd of the political season by far,” and was chosen as one of the select few to be a part of the elite National Strike Team that traveled to critical primary states. And Ms. Johnson was ultimately selected to work in the important battleground state of Florida for the general election campaign as the Operations Administrative Director. Indeed, given the Campaign’s reliance and trust in her, and her wide range of responsibilities, the fact that a high school age student was making roughly twice what Ms. Johnson made throws the unequal pay into sharp relief…
COLLECTIVE ACTION ALLEGATIONS
120. The Campaign engaged in systemic gender-based pay discrimination against its female employees. It knowingly and willfully paid its female employees less than its male employees for the same work.
121. Ms. Johnson seeks to be appointed as a representative of the collective.
122. Ms. Johnson brings these collective claims pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 216(b), seeking damages, equitable relief, and any other make-whole relief on behalf of all female Campaign employees who were paid less than male employees doing the same or similar work for claims under the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”).
123. Ms. Johnson and the collective are similarly situated in that they were female Campaign staff who were affected by policies and practices with the purpose and effect of denying them equal compensation for the same or similar work because of their gender…
UNEQUAL PAY BASED ON RACE AGAINST DEFENDANT DONALD J. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT, INC. (42 U.S.C. § 1981) (On Behalf of Plaintiff Individually)
142. Plaintiff incorporates paragraphs 1 through 119 above as if fully written herein.
143. Defendant Donald J. Trump has discriminated against Plaintiff in violation of 42 U.S.C.A. § 1981. Plaintiff was paid $3,000 per month between January and August 2016. She was paid a $1,000 bonus on August 31, 2016. From September 2016 until she left the campaign, she was paid $4,000 per month. As described more fully herein, these sums were substantially less than those paid to similarly-situated white Campaign staff performing equal and sometimes lesser work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which were performed under similar working conditions.
144. The differential in pay between Plaintiff and white employees was not due to seniority, merit, quantity, or quality of production, but was due to race…”
Case 8:19-cv-00475 Document 1 Filed 02/25/19 https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/alva-johnson.pdf
Since images are slow to load, most pages are put as thumbnails. Click to enlarge page. The original is at the link above. The entire thing was uploaded because sometimes these lawsuits against or related to Trump have virtually disappeared. Emphasis has been added. The full-sized pages recap many previous allegations against Trump.