The Republican candidate for President, Donald Trump, has stirred up a
lot of controversy since announcing his intention to run for the nation’s
highest office last April. From offending entire nations and ethnicities
of people, to allegations of alleged sexual misconduct, The Donald, as
he surely loves to be called, has divided the nation, for better or for worse.
Regardless of if you’re boarding the Trump Train or staying on the
platform, it’s a fact that Donald Trump’s unfettered behavior
has landed his butt in civil courts facing lawsuits from people all over
the country. In case you’ve had one of these unfortunate brushes
the little orange man, here is a list of things you could sue Donald Trump for!
As recently as 2005, Trump has been accused of not paying the employees
and contractors of his various business dealings, and was cited no less
than 24 times in a single year from the Department of Labor for failing
to pay people for work completed,
according to Fox News.
Trump’s explanation? “I’ve already paid enough!”, or “I’m only going to pay you 75%, because you did a bad job!” Unfortunately for Trump, that’s not the way the laws in this
country work. When someone completes a job, you pay them for the work
completed, or you risk getting sued. And you’ll probably get sued.
The results of his various lawsuits dating back to the 1990’s are
pretty consistent: Trump needs to pay up. Hundreds of lawsuits over the
decades filed by former workers and contractors have settled in the Plaintiff’s favor.
Been stiffed by Trump in the past? You could file a lawsuit to reclaim
damages, including lost wages, legal fees, and more.
In August, the New York Times published a blistering expose on the
long-held practice of housing discrimination perpetrated by Fred Trump, Donald’s father, in his New York City
apartment complexes dating back five decades. In 1973, the Justice Department
investigated Trump Management, and named Donald and his father as defendants
in a lawsuit. That lawsuit was eventually settled, with Trump “declaring
victory” in the media.
While instances of discrimination from the 70’s won’t hold
up in today’s courtrooms due to statutory limitations, housing discrimination
laws are still very much in effect, and depending on the state jurisdiction,
actions could be brought in civil court.
Housing discrimination laws prevent an owner of property from refusing
to rent their property to a qualified tenant based on the tenant’s
age, sex, race, or the existence of disabilities. Given Trump’s
penchant for insulting people based on each and every one of these protected
traits, would it come as much of a surprise to find out his company still
systematically discriminates against people who want to buy or rent properties
or units across his vast real estate holdings?
As of the date of this posting,
more than 10 women have come forth with corroborated accusations of sexual assault, harassment,
or abuse following leaked 2005 audio in which Donald Trump brags about
groping women without their consent. In Florida, that’s not only
a crime, but it’s also a
tort. A tort is an act of negligence inflicted upon a victim that results in
some kind of physical or mental damage.
In 2015, personal injury lawyer Spencer Kuvin, director of litigation for
sued Bill Cosby in Federal court on behalf of Chloe Goins, who was sexually assaulted at the Playboy Mansion
in 2008. That lawsuit is still ongoing.
Spencer has a history of suing the rich and famous for sexual assault on
behalf of victims. In 2010,
Kuvin secured substantial settlements for two victims of sex crimes perpetrated by billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein that occurred
at his Palm Beach mansion.
Trump has been linked to Epstein as a “party friend” in various
Donald Trump has been sued countless times for controversial and shady
behavior almost his entire adult life. And yes, he has mounds of cash
and a platoon of well-paid lawyers to fight his inevitable legal battles.
But that shouldn’t scare you, especially with a battle-tested team
of lawyers who aren’t afraid of the little orange man.
Disclaimer: The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb is a personal injury law firm. While
we handle tort claims under Florida law, we do not practice in all areas
of law mentioned in this news article. It’s possible that our firm
may refer a potential case involving an area of law we don’t practice
to another lawyer.