Jose Lambiet

Temporary Trump workers subject of two lawsuits

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With jobs-for-all Donald Trump on a presidential campaign stop at his Trump National Doral Miami resort on Friday, 50 temporary workers who staffed a 10-day special event at the resort in April 2014 were still waiting to be paid.

The 50 workers, including servants, chefs, busboys and cleanup crews, were promised between $1,500 and $3,000 to work a 10-day Jewish Passover event at the resort. But instead of cashing their checks, they’ve become involved in not just one but two lawsuits filed locally.

To add insult to injury, the workers say they were asked to work overtime, and that hasn’t been paid either.

In the first lawsuit, a 230-page action in federal court, the workers are suing Trump’s Doral management company, as well as Eden Tours, a Miami tour company that specializes in Jewish religious travels, and a New York kosher caterer.

The action, filed in January, alleges unfair labor practice, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, unpaid wages and unpaid overtime.

When Eden and the caterer showed signs they were willing to pay about 30 percent of what the workers were owed, Trump’s Doral management company filed a lawsuit in a Miami-Dade County circuit court against Eden and the caterer.

Trump’s people accuse the Passover event organizers of fraud, trespassing and failure to pay the workers.

According to the tour operator’s website, Eden’s Doral event featured banquets and other activities on The Donald’s recently revamped golf resort, as well as major acts, including a concert by Hebrew recording artist Yaakov Shwekey.

According to records, more than 900 Orthodox Jews paid an average of $4,000 for the Passover package.

“The workers got stiffed after working 20- to 22-hour days without food, breaks and sleep,” said Rod Hannah, a Plantation attorney who represents the workers. “The revenues for the event were about $1 million. Trust me, Donald Trump’s company got a good chunk of it.

Jonathan Beckerman, Trump’s attorney on the case, didn’t reply to a request for comment.


Former Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal has been ordered by a federal court in Miami to make himself available for a potential embarrassing deposition before Nov. 30.

The order came Wednesday after O’Neal, now an NBA analyst and commercial pitchman, had argued he doesn’t have to sit down with the attorney for disfigured fan Jahmel Binion.

The lawsuit was filed after Binion tried to reach out to Shaq last year on Twitter.

Instead of a fun exchange with a superstar, Binion was mocked by Shaq because his face was grossly distorted by a rare genetic disease.

Shaq has apologized, saying he thought Binion had makeup on and that he was messing with him.


TV was good to former WTVJ-NBC6 anchorwoman Jennifer Valoppi. One of her properties on North Bay Road, however, could end up being much, much better.

Valoppi and her husband, former Chicken Kitchen owner Christian de Berdouare, have had 5004 North Bay Road on the market for a few months.

But if they were to sell it for what they’re asking, they’d get a check for $35.9 million.

The couple bought the property in 2008 for $3.1 million, leveled the existing structure then rebuilt a brand-new crib with 17,000 square feet of living space — and a rooftop swimming pool.