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The Model vs Trump

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 01:13

The fate of a lawsuit brought by a Trump model is to be decided this month. Sharon Reich reports.

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STORY: Jamaican model Alexia Palmer is suing Donald Trump's modeling agency for "fraudulent misrepresentation," and violations of U.S. immigration and labor laws. She's asking for $225,000 (USD) in back pay. The lawsuit alleges that the agency, Trump Model Management, employed Palmer using an H1-B visa, which allows U.S. employers to hire so-called "specialized" foreign labor. The agency listed Palmer's salary as "at least $75,000 per year" for three years on the application. But the model says she received less than $4000 during that time. Trump, who's had to fend off a number of accusations during his bid for president, is not named in the suit. But his attorney argues that the $75,000 a year figure was simply a guess, not a guarantee. And that the contract required Palmer "to promptly reimburse" the agency "for any and all costs and expenses". Palmer says those reimbursements amounted to 80 percent of her earnings, which were deducted by the agency. A decision is expected by the end of March.

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The Model vs Trump

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 01:13